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3 Steps To Improve Your Rehearsals: Staying On Track

Imagine this: you have the perfect rehearsal planned, you are completely prepared and organised, and then during your rehearsal, some major distraction occurs. Distractions can arise in many forms, from talking, electronic use, interruptions, etc. Staying on-track in your next rehearsal is crucial for accomplishing all of your rehearsal goals. Follow these three quick steps to make sure your next rehearsal is as distraction-free as possible.

1. Stay on track with firm expectations with electronics

Whether you are a school teacher or an artist leading a band, you surely understand the detrimental effect of electronic use during rehearsals. To avoid the need to repeat everything you say and to maintain focus in your rehearsals, be very clear and firm with your expectations on electronic usage. You’ll never be able to eradicate it completely unless you’re extremely strict, but if you establish a strong level of mutual respect from the beginning, your musicians will not want to disappoint or disrespect you with their electronics.

2. Stay on track with good pacing

Many rehearsals fall off track simply because the leader is not moving quickly enough. Make sure that your rehearsal has enough forward momentum so that there is no room for anyone to get side-tracked. If there is a lot of time during the rehearsal for talking, your musicians will get used to that social environment and they will keep their habit of talking even when you expect them to focus. Make sure you are prepared enough to always know your next step and goal. Not sure how to prepare? Read our 3 Minute Rehearsals: 3 Steps to Preparation.

3. Stay on track with maintaining your leadership

Try to avoid constantly asking for their feedback or for their ideas. Of course, you can ask for people’s opinions or see if they have any questions they’d like to address, but avoid saying “do you want to run this again?” or “what do you guys want to do?” These types of questions immediately open the floor to all musicians to speak and try to be in charge. This is a surefire way to lead to distractions and a side-tracked rehearsal.

Do not ask the musicians what they want to do. Have a plan and stick to it. Once you give your position as a leader away, it’s very hard to get it back.