Tabris, I'm glad I had just finished my hot chocolate before reading this post. Only play the first line of Good King Wenceslaus? How long has he been in band? I started band at the beginning of the school year in 6th grade (it was before school... I was volunteering to get up at the same time as the high schoolers to go to band) and by our winter concert (right around this time of the year) we were playing full songs. Very EASY songs, but we were definately past one-liners. Good King Wenceslaus was basically after the first month. Of course, our band, because it was extracurricular, could charge, and because it was before school, they had 3 of the elementary school music teachers come and each teach an instrument group, for the basics. Second year of band (in Jr. High), we only had one director. That may be why my band got so much farther than yours, despite, after careful consideration, two of the three teachers having been incompetent (including the one for my section. The only one who wasn't was also the NICEST of the directors. Her son, who was in band, unfortunatly didn't pick that up.) In fact, I'm suprised I learned as much as I did, because I didn't get a competent director until my Junior year of high school. And I couldn't afford, nor did I have time for, due to multiple extracurriculars (though band became MOSTLY during the school day, aside from concerts and other events in 7th grade), private lessons.
I'm glad you've got Little Tabris in private lessons. Even though I doubt I will play much ever again, I still love music. And... I think this winter break, I'll pick up my instrument again, and just see if I can still play. Thank you for this thread, and reminding me why I started band in the first place.
Good luck with that music teacher!