Re: Rehearsal pacing
Posted by John Gibson on 12/5/2019, 1:34 pm, in reply to "Rehearsal pacing"
A little off the subject re: fundamentals vs literature but worth considering. My opinion and not the only approach that works, but these worked well for me. |
Whatever you do, max out instructional time. The first 10 minutes is PRIME. START ON TIME EVERY DAY. Warm ups are not for warming up, they are for instruction (balance, tuning, tone production, phrasing along with fundamentals).
Loss of 5 minutes per day = 18 rehearsals during a full year!
Talk less, play more. Students didn't sign up to hear you talk, they joined the band to play. Talk only when necessary. Rehearse in chunks. Aim for correct rhythms and style. Notes can easily be fixed after rhythms, style, phrasing concepts. Of course sectionals should fix notes as well.
Stifle the urge to try and fix every note and rhythm in the first measure. Chunks, then go back and (with the fewest words) point out notes, fingerings. Even better, have students tell you which measures need more attention (teaching them to listen for themselves rather than waiting for you to tell them). Then work on those measures again.
Encourage individual students to mark music as needed even as the whole band finishes the chunk and have them point out problems to others in their section when you stop.
Keep your eyes moving, especially when you hear an obvious wrong note. Look in the direction of the error. Likely you will see your better students looking back at you apologetically. Smile, nod and let them make the correction on their own. From time to time reinforce- "you got that Bb, right?"
Don't hesitate to let your students tell you which section, measure, chunk they want to go back to. Obviously YOU need to also pick spots that bother you.
Teach your students to be critical listeners rather than wait for you to point out problems. Trust them and encourage them to make decisions to correct problems without your input.
If you had a 40 minute daily rehearsal, what would your rehearsal plan look like? How much time on fundamentals vs literature? Hit every piece every day, or rotate each day?