Rehearsal Preparation Sheets: Wrap-up (Part 5)

It’s time to wrap it up!  There are future topics…so stay tuned.

There are some simple, concise ways to put this information into a “list” of sorts. Please take whatever might benefit you and your students, and leave anything else “at the door.”  “Whatever works” is whatever is good for your classrooms.  My opinions and ideas are not “Truth,” they are just ideas that helped me.  So….let’s wrap it up!!!

RPS Wrap-Up: (Key words in bold)

1)   Example 1 – Establish the key.
2)   Create an easy melody, using the scale, moving toward the score.
3)   Repeat difficult intervals, and move from known to unknown.
4)   Rehearse examples at moderate tempi, moving gradually toward the score tempo.
5)   Teach new rhythms (particularly dotted rhythms) using ties; then introduce new notation.
6)   For experienced singers, establish the triad for the key.
7)   Always move toward the score.
8)   Use step-wise motion to teach modulations…make it easy.
9)   Use referenced measure numbers, for maximum transfer into the piece.
10) Keep examples as short as possible initially.  Success is the goal!
11) Examples are unaccompanied.
12) Process:  Simple to Complex
13) Use the same key as the score.
14) Repeat examples until performed with ease.
15) Rhythm study – begin with long durations…move toward the score.
16) Long durations for difficult harmonies…get them to hear it vertically.
17) Keep the same voicing as the score (SSA RPS for SSA choir, etc.)
18) Examples should appear in all of the keys represented in the score.

Thank you for reading my blog!  I hope this helps in your quest to write a Rehearsal Preparation Sheet.