Re: Split Ensembles and Solo and Ensemble
Posted by Bald Eagle on 10/29/2019, 3:07 pm, in reply to "Split Ensembles and Solo and Ensemble"
We require every student in the program to perform a solo. All Varsity and Non-Varsity students are required to perform at S&E. Third and fourth band students are not required to attend S&E. If they choose not to, they must perform the solo for a grade in class the week of S&E (late Feb for us). In addition, all Varsity students are required to enter an ensemble as well. All others are strongly encouraged to do an ensemble. |
Ultimately the students decide which solo they will play, but not without some steering from the directors. I give each student 3 choices (starting next week, actually), and over the course of the next month or so we will pull students out in classes to go over the choices. The students will decide which solo they will learn by the end of the 2nd week December so we can get the piano parts out to the accompanists before the Christmas Break.
Years ago I went to requiring solos for all students after hearing Scott Mason talk about it in a round table discussion after winning Honor Band at Coppell. I like the idea of making every student accountable. I know you can do that with ensembles as well, but sometimes it can be difficult to partner up kids due to instrumentation and/or ability levels. At least with solos you know you can easily get something into every student's hand.
For those who have split spring ensembles (Varsity, non-varsity) at the high school level, do you require your varsity kids to participate in Solo and Ensemble, either on a solo or in an ensemble?
Tell me why or why not please!