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:
For the past few months, the Pepper editors have listened to mountains of music to find the best choices for our Pepper Live events, and we’re looking forward to sharing all that new music with you. If you’ve never joined us for a reading session, we’d like to share our top five reasons for attending:
In March, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and music associations across the nation celebrate Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM). It is a time to appreciate the importance of music to the formation of young minds and its value in our everyday lives.
Every spring, orchestra teachers anticipate getting next year’s rosters. They give a good indication of the instrumentation they’ll be working with in the coming fall when school begins.
You have decided on the trip, made all the preparations, and your students and parent groups have been hard at work raising the funds to ensure that every student can participate. Now it is time to choose the repertoire that you will be presenting.
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.
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!
One of the highlights of the holiday season is enjoying one of the many music programs that add so much to the season. While attending one such holiday concert, I experienced an added touch that really enhanced the evening’s performance.
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.
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.