Episode 2: Running a Better Rehearsal

Episode 2: Running a Better Rehearsal

Do you feel like your rehearsals don’t really have a plan? Or are you just running through pieces for an upcoming performance every rehearsal? Been there, done that! I knew there had to be a better way so I did a bunch of research on how others were running rehearsals and we are sharing what our rehearsals look like now.

We have created a rehearsal plan that allows us to teach new notes and articulations while still allowing time for sheet music. We are sharing how we run our middle school and high school groups that meet daily including our routines for individual and group warm-up, how we use rhythm and method books, when we do tuning, and when we work on chorales and sheet music. We’re also covering how we adapt our rehearsal routines to fit our elementary pull out groups to fit where these students are at. 

PLUS, we are sharing our free Rehearsal Templates for you to download and use in your program! These templates are perfect for any type of ensemble at any level. We all know planning makes perfect and this template will set you up for successful planning!

We would love to hear from you! Leave us a review and connect with us on Instagram to let us know what tips you’re going to try or what you found most helpful in today’s episode.

In this episode we cover:

  • What Kevin’s rehearsals looked like his first year teaching and why he decided to look into better ways to run rehearsals
  • How we run our middle school and high school rehearsals including warm-ups, rhythm and method book practice, tuning, chorale work, and sheet music.
  • What our elementary pull out rehearsals look like including entering the room, warm-up, rote teaching, sound check, and playing a piece by measure and adding onto the last run through.

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The First Six Notes Podcast with Classroom Composers is for band teachers and string teachers looking for great information from experienced teachers. 

Every other week, we’ll dive into everything about teaching band and string music students. We’re covering everything from pedagogy to fundraising and interviewing successful music teachers, composers, admin, professional private studio teachers, and more to uncover and share their strategies for musical success. 

Classroom Composers is a married team of two music teachers, Kevin Hoff and Jessica Frank. Between the two of us, we have experience teaching K-6 general music, elementary 4/5 band/strings, and middle school band/strings/guitar who want to share our knowledge and experience with other teachers.

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