Beginning musicians are the lifeblood of every music program. Effective recruiting, as much as anything a director can do, determines the future success of their music program.

 

 

Expecting students to sign up for band or orchestra by themselves or relying on an announcement or a note to parents simply doesn’t work — it’s a proven formula for a dwindling music program. Students don’t know enough about music to decide whether they want to join your ensemble. They have to be shown the band or orchestra, told about their activities and benefits, and convinced they could be successful members. Then parents have to be convinced music is a good activity for their child. All of this takes a plan and determined execution.

The Amro Music Recruiting Program is a comprehensive plan developed and fine-tuned by some of the area's most successful directors.  

You get only one chance per year to recruit new ensemble members. For the next six to seven years your band or orchestra lives with your results. 

All the steps and materials for success are laid out here for you and your Amro representative can help.

Here are the 4 steps (along with all the materials you'll need):

 

1. Show Them The Band/Orchestra - Introduction to Ensemble Recruiting Materials

A performance for potential beginners, showing the group in action — playing entertaining music, showing off the instruments, and having fun. 

2. Convince Them They Can Play - Musical Aptitude Survey and Answers

Let them hold and try the instruments. Give them a music aptitude test to prove they have talent.

3. Invite Them To Join - Invitations to join the band or orchestra and demonstrating instruments 

Choose your beginners, issue official invitations, and congratulate them on making the ensemble.

4. Enlist Parent Support - Letters and phone scripts

Meet or communicate with the parents, answer their questions, and encourage their support for the child joining band or orchestra.