The 5 Things You Should Be Doing If You Want To Study Music in College

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As the Director of Fine Arts at Briarcrest Christian School, a private school in suburban Memphis, TN, I often advise students and parents through the college admissions process.  Choosing a college and being accepted into said institution is hard enough– but when you add the pressure of music auditions on top of that, the process can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, most …

Grow or Die

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Has your choir “failed” you lately?  You know what I mean– you go into a rehearsal excited to make music, but leave frustrated and dejected, lofty goals sitting in a pile of rubble. Your singers leave as if nothing odd happened, and you wonder if they even care about the craft to which you’ve dedicated your entire adult life. As …

Stop “Running Through” Pieces

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I’m serious…stop doing it. If you never let your singers just sing through minutes or whole pieces of unrehearsed music, then you may not even need to read on.  However, if you do, please consider the following. We already know that with every repetition, notes and rhythms in any piece become easier for a singer.  Repetition can and should be …

Improving Your Choir, 1 Percent At A Time

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Recently, I read a fantastic article by James Clear in which he describes how British cycling coach Dave Brailsford took a unique approach to improving the team’s performance: His belief was that if you improved every area related to cycling by just 1 percent, then those small gains would add up to remarkable improvement. They started by optimizing the things …

When Rehearsals Go Bad

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One of my favorite parts of my job is when we finish a fantastic, musical, productive rehearsal in choir.  I leave excited, energized, and invigorated.  Students have fun, leave singing the music they just learned with a sense of accomplishment. Then there are “those days”… You know what I’m talking about– the worst thing in the world for an ensemble …

How To Make Choir Sectionals Effective

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Okay, so the idea is simple enough, right– separate different voice parts into their own sections in various areas around the room or building, and they can rehearse ALL of the details you could have in the same time together with only ONE of them in a full ensemble setting.  It’s a miracle rehearsal tool!!!    Providing absolutely no context …