Singers sitting out of rehearsals
Date: March 6, 2011
Through the cold and flu season, I have been experiencing too many of my (high school) choir students taking it upon themselves to sit out of rehearsals because they "aren't feeling well." In response, I instituted a "everybody sings unless you have a note from home" policy. After all, students are so sleep deprived these days as is, if I allowed every tired student to sit out I just wouldn't have a choir! This rule seemed to help for a while, but I realized that I just couldn't force a student to sing when they obviously had a severe throat or chest cold, and I didn't want them getting the others sick. Most of the time, I realize that the students who make the request really aren't in a condition to sing, and aren't abusing my trust. But there are definitely times when some of them are, and of course these are the students who tend to be a distraction when they're sitting out.
How do you handle this problem for your choirs? What is your policy for allowing students to sit out of rehearsals? And what do you have the students do when they are sitting out?
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