More on John Wooden

RICHARD SPARKS just keeps going on about John Wooden, but it’s all good stuff: “When I worked with young conductors, I asked them to have a detailed rehearsal plan worked out in advance, which included not only what they were going to rehearse, but all potential problems (at least those they could anticipate) and the specific techniques that would be used to solve them. This is where analysis of your rehearsals (and what worked or not) can help greatly. Best is a recording (audio or video), which allow you to listen back to your instructions: are they clear? Are they concise? Were they as short as they could be and still communicate what you want?”

My conducting teacher would admonish us constantly by saying, “Tell the choir what you want them to do in five words or less.”

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  1. Pingback: Still more about what we can learn from John Wooden | Choirpundit

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