PARK CITY, UT – Seeking to motivate his students toward greater success, longtime Valley Crest High School band director James Harper shared his famous “D. F. T. K. Teaching Philosophy” with his 2nd period concert band class Wednesday morning.
Telling the class they could achieve anything by following the easy-to-remember acronym, Harper claimed the D. F. T. K. Teaching Philosophy was the secret to his long, successful career as a music educator.
D – Dedication
F – Friendship
T – Teamwork
K – Kindness
“You’d be surprised at how many band directors have lost their jobs because they couldn’t follow the simple, Golden Rule of teaching: D. F. T. K.,” said the veteran teacher. “Just last week I had to fire our snare tech because he couldn’t keep it in his P. A. N. T. S. (Professional Achievement Notebook Toward Success). He’s supposed to keep a copy of the D. F. T. K. in his notebook.”
Following the inspiring speech, The Diddle Daily was unable to obtain a comment from Assistant Director Daryl Ziegler who had already skipped town and changed his name.