Challenging for the Chair

There is always a battle for first chair, even at the tender age of eleven. At that age, it is quite validating to be considered the best — this is what the students at my middle school would brag about. However, when I was in eighth grade all the music teachers at my school decided to eliminate the “chair” system in which the students would compete for the seat in which the supposedly best instrumentalist¬†would sit and get to play all the solos. The question is: are chair competitions¬†effective and optimal for middle and high school ensembles? Continue reading “Challenging for the Chair”