"Sacred hour" for choral rehearsals at smaller schools?
Date: February 17, 2014
Our faculty is considering implenting a new class schedule, and I am rallying for a "sacred hour" for choral rehearsals. My questions are directed primarily at choral conductors in smaller music programs where many choral students are not music majors. However, I also welcome the responses and insight of those of you teaching in larger programs.
1.Are your choral rehearsals held at a time that does not conflict with other classes or athletic practices?
a. According to your experience, does having a "sacred hour" for rehearsals benefit your program in terms of student participation?
b. Approximately what percentage of your choir members are also athletes (male and female)?
c. Approximately what percentage of your choir members are non-majors?
2. If your rehearsal time conflicts with athletic practices or other classes, to your knowledge, does this prevent athletes or non-music majors who would like to participate in choir from doing so?
a. How do scheduling conflicts adversely affect the program overall (continuity of participation, for example?) Do you feel that the scheduling conflicts hamper recruitment for your music program?
3. Finally - if your choral rehearsal time has been relegated to athletic practice time, does this lead to other attendance issues (work, mandatory group study sessions given by other professors for exams, labs, etc.)?
Thanks in advance for your responses.
Associate Professor of Music