Monday, October 29, 2018

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Ten Tips for an Effective Rehearsal
by David Gorham
Having a skill set that can be applied is much more effective than learning each skill as it occurs in music.

Piggy BankIf it seems like there's never enough rehearsal time, here are a few tips to make the best of the time you have. I hope they are helpful!

1. Start rehearsal on time every day. Be ready to give the downbeat right when class begins. Insist that everyone is ready to play at that time. Starting rehearsal with announcements, etc. just takes longer for the students to get "dialed in" and the last minute arrivals use that time to put their instrument together instead of listening. In addition, it shows the other students that being on time and ready is optional.

2. While playing the warm-up scale (or whatever you use), take the opportunity to make eye contact with every student in the band. It's a good first step to communication, and it lets them know that you're expecting an "interactive" teaching experience.

3. When you're talking to the group, insist on eye-contact from everyone. If they are messing with their music or instrument, they're not hearing you. If what you're saying is not important enough for their attention, why bother saying it? Also, be brief. Don't use 100 words to say something that only needs 10.

4. Students asking a director "Are we playing today?" is like asking the cafeteria workers "Are we eating today?". Taking a day off from playing should not be considered a reward.

5. The more time you spend on fundamentals, the faster they'll learn the concert music. Having a skill set that can be applied is much more effective than learning each skill as it occurs in music (and those 'spot skills' are unlikely to carry over to the next occurrence.)

6. If you want students to watch you while playing, you have to insist on it and train them to make it a habit. Don't expect them to look at you if all they see is the top of your head.

7. Teach students to be musicians who can make independent musical decisions. You can't possibly correct every pitch, rhythm, style, and tuning issue. The more they learn to do themselves, the more effective the process.

8. Students should only make markings on the music that give more information than what is already provided. If they miss the key, writing in a reminder accidental is more effective than just circling the note. Just circling means that they have to mentally process the meaning of the marking before applying it. In addition, students should be in a habit of making correct notations (accidentals before notes, not after or above.)

9. Students should learn to be comfortable playing by themselves. It will not be a traumatic event if it's a regular expectation.

10. Get off the podium. Move around the room. It will provide a great opportunity to correct posture, etc. In addition, kids are more likely to stay focused on task when you might be looking over their shoulder at any moment.

DavidGorhamPhotoDavid Gorham retired in 2014 after 32 years in public school music education. He served as Director of Bands at Owasso High School for 25 years. The ensembles under his leadership earned Superior ratings at every region and state event for 30 consecutive years. The Owasso Wind Ensemble performed at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1999 & 2012, and was selected as an Oklahoma Music Educator's Association Honor Group seven times. The band program was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor and Sudler Shield by the Sousa Foundation.
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Meet the Team
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Kale White
Educational Representative, Broken Arrow
How long have you been with PMC, and what brought you to the company?
I have been with Palen Music Center for three years.
Where did you grow up? Musical family?
I was born in Kansas, but lived around Oklahoma City and Tulsa most of my life. I have been truly blessed with outstanding music educators through the years. I was fortunate to have Martin King as my band director at Western Oaks JH, and Ken Grass and Tom Stout as my directors at Broken Arrow HS. I studied under Gene Thrailkill and Dr. William Wakefield at the University of Oklahoma while earning a BFA in Music Education and MME degrees.
Professional background?
I have taught in Purcell, Owasso, the Putnam City Schools (Hefner MS/PC North HS), and retired from the Jenks Public Schools after 18 years.
Any pets?
Last Easter, our family lost our first pet, Bruno. However, this past summer, Archie adopted us and has infused a new spirit and energy into our family.
Any interesting hobbies?
My favorite hobby/past-time is fishing. I just don't find or make enough time to go as often as I'd like.
Anything else to share?
I have been married for 29 years to my beautiful wife, Mary, and have two amazing sons, Brandon and Dawson.
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