September NSBA Question?
What is the best phrase, activity and/or gesture you use to set the stage to prepare your musicians to listen and contribute to the ensemble each rehearsal?
Start from Silence, Start from Stillness
Do not start your band if anyone is talking, moving or playing.
Breath Together-Start together- Listen together
“There is a moment before the conductor’s arms are raised
– a moment before the music begins
– where, with the band’s attention fully on the leader,
a small, intimate moment may take place between them.
Through a look, a smile, ever a whispered word unheard by all but the musicians, the conductor may convey his confidence to them,
his faith in them.”
Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel
Use Nonverbal Signals by smartmuisc.com
A simple arm raised by the conductor indicates all students need to raise their hands or instruments and become silent. Nothing proceeds until the room is silent. When used consistently and diligently it quiets a noisy room in about 10 seconds. Develop your own plan and use it every rehearsal every day.
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