Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Program Selection

I did an activity in my grad class last night.  I brought in a set of ten different scores and asked the group to rank them in order of difficulty.  They next selected five of the songs to work for a concert program.

Some things I noticed:

  • There are differences of opinion on what is hard or easy.
  • Everyone selects different programs.  It is important to know why (conductor skills, interest, patience for hard music, etc...).
I wonder if any districts have meetings where they select the repertoire for the following year in a group.  I know English teachers don't bring a new book in without discussing it first.  Should we use the benefit of the crowd more?