S2E3: First rehearsals - trust, expectations and listening like crazy
Today's episode tackles the crucial first rehearsal. Learn how to make a lasting impression, establish effective communication and the importance of rhythm, with the understanding that initial mistakes are an essential part of the journey towards a stellar performance.
The conversation takes a deep dive into managing stress and expectations, with a focus on cultivating a positive environment for musicians. Discover how to navigate the tricky path of labeling pieces as easy or challenging, and the significance of maintaining a global awareness within the ensemble.
Through our discussion, gain practical tips on improving communication within sections and setting the right priorities during rehearsals.
Finally, join us as we explore the distinct dynamics that come with handling a professional orchestra versus an educational or community group. Grasp the decisive and adaptable attitude needed when conducting a professional group, and the opportunities for growth and experimentation in an educational or community ensemble. Whether you're a conductor, a player, or simply a music enthusiast, you're sure to gain valuable insights from our shared experiences and reflections on improving performances in both contexts.
Together, we underscore the importance of empowering students in music education and encourage you to embrace the same in your practice.