I'm an aspiring young actor, and I have recently been placed into my last year (teacher) class.
I want to switch to another teacher that I had back in Grade 9, and want to talk to my counselor about it. I would love to hear your opinions on it: I'm looking to switch, not because my current teacher is bad, or that I want to vacate to somebody nicer and easier, or because my friends are all in that class (quite the contrary, actually, as all of my friends are in my current class).
I want to change because I'm looking for just that. Change. I don't want to perform to the same teacher, or the same peers/friends. I want to show other's my acting capabilities. I'm sick of performing to the same people all the time. I want a new audience, with new opinions and views on what I do.
I'm very passionate about the subject, and, hopefully, this shows just that.
Does this sound like a good reason?
Opinions are very welcome! Thank you!
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Yes, I think this is a valid reason to want to switch drama teachers. It is a good thing to hone your craft under the tutelage of various instructors, because each teacher will have strengths in different areas of stagecraft and acting, and you need to be as versatile as possible to be marketable.
It is also good to have various audiences to see your ability, so that you will learn to play to a wide variety of theatre-going tastes.
I think it's great that your school is large enough to have more than one drama teacher. I taught drama off-and-on for many years, and I was the only drama teacher (one period per day) at either of the two schools at which I worked. I think it is great that you have good reasons for switching teachers, and I should think that if you present your reasons to your counselor in as precise a manner as you have in your post, she won't be able to say no. Good luck.
I was the only Drama teacher at our school, so I am pleased to hear that some schools are large enough to support a diversified art program. I think it's a great idea to switch for the reasons you listed. It might also help to perform in front of kids you don't know as well rather than your friends.
Just to play devil's advocate, I can see a few issues with wanting to switch from the counselors point of view. If the class has a lot of students in it already, they may be reluctant to let you switch. You might want to remind them that you are truly interested in this subject. As such, you will be an inspiration to the class rather than a detriment. I am assuming the teacher you had previously is teaching the upper level course as well. It would not be beneficial to switch if the other course is not on the same level as the one you are currently in. Just be sure to phrase your concerns calmly and politely to the administrators or counselors.
In most schools it is possible to switch classes for any reason you choose. It is certainly valid to wish to switch to broaden your horizons and be exposed to new perspectives. It seems the best course of action is to meet with your counselor and get their opinion.
The switch is going to depend largely on your "onesies" as they are called at my school. The classes that are offered only once or only at a particular time of the day. Your school, since it is large and has many offerings, may not have this issue. In my school, however, honor band is always third period. AP Language is second period and the the Education class that gives students high school and college credit is offered only first period. If you have onesies like these, your schedule may not permit you to switch...it would have nothing to do with the desire to learn from someone new.
It won't hurt to go to your guidance counselor and ask whether it would be possible to switch classes. Keep in mind that it may not be possible to switch from one class to another without having to rearrange your whole schedule, so think carefully and wisely before asking for a change. What if switching means that you can't take the science or math class you need to graduate? Is it really worth making a change because you like one teacher better than the other?
You can always ask. However just because you are with the same group and the same teacher does not mean everything will be the same. Also, since you are interested in acting why don't you consider finding a local youth theater group? That way you get the change you need, and added exposure and challenge.
That is a great reason for switching. Why act if only the same people watch it over and over again.
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