follows a brief listing/overview, of that which you will want to take into
account when designing a rehearsal sequence for any choral or instrumental
ensemble. That which is listed by no means is totally comprehensive or the
ONLY way in which you might operate, however, it does represent a good
point of departure for your work and efforts. [those of you with a choral
emphasis will make appropriate choices for your rehearsals - as indicated]
Questions which should be answered before rehearsal begin ...
What is the basic purpose of the large ensemble rehearsal? Should time be
devoted mainly towards working on full ensemble problems or should
frequent attention be given to sections or individual players/performers?
Should the rehearsal involve teaching fundamentals or primarily be devoted
to the refining of ensemble precision, balance, blend, intonation, etc.
What level of music should be chosen, not only for rehearsal, but for
concert and contest performance? Should music be chosen primarily on the
basis of technical difficulty or its musical merits/challenges?
Should sectional rehearsals be scheduled on a regular basis? Should small
ensembles be an integral part of the curriculum, or should they be
organized only in the spring for solo and ensemble contests?
of the above considerations directly influence the objectives of any
rehearsal and consequently determine what is to be rehearsed and how.
These considerations largely determine the qualitative and quantitative
outcomes of the rehearsal, which in turn has a direct effect and bearing
on the music education of the students
of the Conductor:
[if necessary].....folders/stands and chairs.....rehearsal
area/space.....piano [if necessary]
2) preparation of the score
of the music.....conductor's knowledge of the score
3) preparation of a rehearsal
into account goals for the day/week.....take into account general ability
level of students