Category Archives: Practice

PERFECT PRACTICE RULE 23: PRACTICE USING FEEDBACK (NOT JUST GETTING IT) AND RULE 24: APPLY FIRST, THEN REFLECT

  Last summer, I had the privilege of attending the Choral Director’s Workshop attached to the Oregon Bach Festival. Several sessions were devoted to tweaking one’s conducting.  Dr. Sharon Paul, of the University of Oregon, led the sessions which consisted of each participant conducting a piece and receiving feedback.  In preparation, I felt confident that […]

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PERFECT PRACTICE RULE #21 MODEL THE PATH AND #22 GET READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP

  #21 Model The Path My student teacher landed in my classroom the second semester. She saw a well-oiled-machine.  The technique time had very littler verbal instruction.  I was communicating with hand gestures. To her it seemed almost telepathic. Hand gestures for the primary vowels, tone placement, rules of transfer, and dynamics. All maticulously taught […]

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PERFECT PRACTICE RULES: TRY SUPERMODELING;INSIST THEY “WALK THIS WAY”;MODEL SKINNY PARTS

#18 SUPERMODELINGWe have all had moments when our modeling for students was less than super and the student performance reflected it.  When I model vocally a passage from a piece and tell my students “like this,” I better make sure my body alignment, breath, vowels, soft-palate, diction, and body language are what I want.  Students […]

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