The success or the downfall of a choir relies on the quality of their rehearsals. You need a practice your discipline and organization skills to pull off a successful practice. As in all endeavor, planning is crucial.
There are several factors to consider to make your rehearsals productive no matter how much time you spend. Here are some of them.
The Choir Director
Yes, it starts with you. The choir members rely on your direction and leadership, so you need to make sure that you prepare yourself first. Nobody is expecting you to know all there is to know about music but make sure you are ready musically to be able to impart the lesson to your members. It would be frustrating for the choir members to see their director unprepared to answer their questions about the music.
Keep yourself updated. Keep learning and improving yourself. The more you learn, the more you can teach your members.
You also need to up your planning skills. You can start this with your selected music. Study it well and prepare notes. There are many impromptu things that can happen during the practice that you may tend to forget a point you want to highlight. Having your cue card can keep you on track.
The Choir Members
Your choir members are the most important part of your rehearsal. They don’t come with the same personalities and abilities that it why it is important to get to know them individually. You will find it easier to lead them when you have gained their trust and respect. In turn, always treat them with respect and listen to their opinions.
Another thing to consider is the usual chattering during the rehearsal. While it is fine to talk to a co-choir member, you need to instill discipline to avoid unnecessary disruption during your rehearsals. You may be creative in controlling the chatter by asking a group to continue on their rehearsal while you are addressing the other group.
The most important thing is to build a relationship with your choir members. Make them see and understand your goals so that they can work with you better.
The Song Selection
The song draws the choir members back to each rehearsal that is why you ensure that you carefully pick the songs that you will rehearse. Aside from your usual repertoire and the songs that you need to perfect, try to mix in new songs that will appeal to all age groups of your choir. This will expand your choir’s repertoire and build the members’ appreciation in the different style of music. It will also keep your rehearsals fun and interesting.
Once you have selected your music, it is best to give it to your members in advance. That way, your choir can review the music. It will save you time than having to pass it around on the rehearsal day itself.
Make sure that your practice space is well-organized before the rehearsal starts. Prepare your instruments and set up before the practice so that all the choir members need to do is go to their assigned places.
You may also try to do your rehearsal outdoors for a change of view. This will give everyone a breath of fresh air and a renewed energy. A guitar accompaniment can be used instead of the usual piano to keep you in pitch.
These are some few suggestions you can consider when you plan your rehearsal for success. Always remember to strike a good balance between making your rehearsals fun and productive at the same time.