S2E4: Plan, Reflect Adapt - How to Make Progress in Rehearsal
This episode, we're discussing the nitty-gritty of what musicians need from conductors in the middle part of the rehearsal process. Our experiences and insights cover everything from preparation and planning for rehearsals to honing your listening skills for effective problem-solving.
Listen in as we further explore rehearsal planning and feedback. We discuss the importance of understanding the music's intention and conveying it effectively to the ensemble. We also touch on the crucial aspect of post-rehearsal reflection and review, with tips on how to effectively implement it. Memory and note-taking during rehearsals also play a significant role, and we elaborate on how to use them to your advantage.
Communication and feedback in conducting take centre stage in our conversation. We highlight how conductors can optimally give and receive feedback, including non-verbally. We delve into the importance of striking a balance between providing continuous feedback and letting the ensemble find their rhythm. Additionally, we shed light on the psychological aspects of conducting during these crucial middle rehearsals.