Ensemble planning – or lack of

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We talk a lot at How To Practice about how to prepare and plan for practice.

Why then do leaders and conductors of ensembles insist on keeping rehearsal plans to themselves?

How can they possibly expect group members to turn up prepared for rehearsal when they have not explained what is required?

What’s the big secret?

I’ve very rarely seen detailed rehearsal plans provided for players. Imagine the difference that could be made if players knew exactly which specific sections, techniques and musical elements the leader was going to focus on at the next rehearsal?

It’s a MASSIVE failing on the part of band leaders and directors. Send your group away with no knowledge of what they will do at the next rehearsal and you set them up to fail.

What do you do with your group? Do you tell them what’s expected? Replies in the comments below.

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