Musings on Learning Music



BAND ETIQUETTE: Some of you will be moving on to a community band or orchestra at some point and I want you to be ready if you decide to move to make that move.  Here are some points of etiquette that are expected if you are playing in a standard group:

  • Obviously, be quiet in rehearsal and don't talk unless necessary.
  • Mark your parts in pencil so that they can be erased. Definitely mark everything you need to mark so you make as few mistakes as possible and so you remember what the conductor changed/added/emphasized.
  • Always let your conductor or your section leader know if you won't be at a rehearsal (for us, either mark "no" on the attendance list if you know ahead of time, or email me).
  • If you are on time, you are late. Arrive early enough to get ready, chat a bit and have a good warm up. now obviously, you can't ALWAYS do that, be as much as possible try to be at least 15 minutes earlier than when rehearsal begins. For us that means showing up by 6:30.
  • In most groups, you are there to help the performance happen, so it is standard procedure that you don't miss more than two rehearsals. (our group is here so that you can have a place to have fun with music and the concerts are almost beside the point in some ways, so it isn't crucial to be at all rehearsals.)



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