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Directors' Toolbox

School Concert Planning Checklist

September 11, 2018

Trying to keep track of all of your classes and ensembles is hard enough. Then concert planning time comes, and there is a sea of event planning details to remember as well. To try to make things easier, we’ve compiled a checklist of concert planning tasks, along with a few stories from the trenches that showcase ideas that worked and moments when things went unexpectedly wrong. First, here is the checklist. Follow the arrows to see the planning steps from beginning to end:

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The Pepper Difference

Introducing My Library

January 29, 2016

Performance planning is rarely the highlight of any music director’s season. Designing your concert may be enjoyable in itself, but the stress that comes with finding the right music, keeping track of what you have and haven’t reviewed, and deciding on the best concert order can begin to weigh on anyone after a while.

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Top 2012 Customer Picks for Choir and Band

December 21, 2012
Top Picks for Choral

Our editors have their work cut out for them when choosing which titles to include in our Editors’ Choice series each year.  We did some digging to find out which titles Pepper customers favored this past year and were pleased to see that, for the most part, you liked what we liked.  Here is a list of the top 10 picks for both band and choir music, amongst you, our customers!

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‘Tis A Gift

October 19, 2010

I recently enjoyed a Ballston Spa Community Band concert while attending the New York State School Music Conference in Albany, New York. Prior to the concert, I had the opportunity to meet the conductor, Ms. Tracy DeRagon. One of the pieces programmed generated a rather interesting conversation.

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Dr. Tim on concert etiquette

May 21, 2010

Concert etiquette is important as it shows respect for both performers and fellow audience members alike.   Musicians that pursue their craft in earnest grow to appreciate the hard work and just plain guts it takes to take the stage and carry out a musical performance.  When I taught middle school, we included concert etiquette as part of the general music curriculum and reinforced the concept at concerts.   A brief concert etiquette guide was listed on the back of concert programs, stating a few obvious points such as waiting until a piece is concluded if you must leave the room, and refraining from talking while the music is being performed.  When the Principal made his opening remarks to begin the concert, he would often draw attention to the guide.  This brief mention supported the effort of the musicians on stage, and pointed to the responsibility of the  audience to be courteous during the concert.   It effectively set the tone in the auditorium (or gym, or cafeteria.)

Here’s  a perspective on concert etiquette provided by MENC featuring renowned music advocate and motivational speaker, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

If you have ideas that work for you in promoting concert etiquette, please share them and we’ll post them here.