Rehearsal Expectations


Setting rehearsal expectations is something that goes a long wayto achieving peace and harmony, (sorry about the pun), in your band, music team, choir,really any performing group.
The list that follows is what has worked in my experience dealing with setting rehearsal expecatations for various size teams and varying skill levels as well.
Use it as a guide to plan your own situation.

Be punctual

To meet rehearsal expectations, arrive early. A good general is to allow 15 minutes setup time. This allows time to catch up with each other before the work begins.

Maybe you've heard the joke, "what time does a 10:30 rehearsal start?" It's not 10:40 or 10:45, but you guessed it, 10:30.

This is a little thing that make a huge difference in as little asone month.

Starting on time has many benefits.

It lets everyone know you keep your word, and respects their time,

Every one is treated the same way, you start no matter who is missing,

You automatically increase rehearsal time.

Be prepared

Instrumentalists should bring all necessary equipment, etc. This means cables, picks, tuners, capos, drum keys (for tightening/loosening drum heads), valve oil (for horns), whatever else you need to play yourinstrument.

Vocalists should warm up. I've learned it's not a good idea to warmup at rehearsal because there isn't sufficient time and it's awkward vocalizingwith an audience. Try some easy 5-note runs slowly in a comfortable range for your voice. Get you lungs moving and practice some "he-he-he-he-he" breathing. So when rehearsal starts you'll be ready.

Become familiar with music library procedures and stay current on administrative matters.

Be polite

When the music stops, stop playing. Do not begin talking. Wait for the Team Leader to give instructions. Patience in rehearsal always becomes comfidence later,when it's time to play.

When rehearsal is finished, don't leave paper out for someone else to pick up. You don't want theroom to be a mess when you need to rehearse, so clean it up when finished.

Offer to pray for your rehearsal time, or share a verse or encouraging word. This can help everyone relax and remember you are working toward a commongoal.

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