- November 24, 2017 at 10:57 am #548789
I am a high school choral director and my choirs have been given an incredible opportunity to sing Handel’s Messiah with an orchestra from another city. So, I have scheduled two extra rehearsals outside of class time to rehearse with the orchestra. I have required my students to attend these rehearsals–even going so far as to say that these are so important that I will lower their grade if they do not attend. Now, let me say, however, that any reasonable excuse for not attending is acceptable to me (i.e.. special family holiday gatherings, Dr.s appointments, etc.). I have been contacted by a parent saying that I cannot do this–have extra rehearsals that students are required to attend and ‘dock them’ for not attending.
I do not know of a program in this country that does not require students to attend extra rehearsals. If that is the case, how can I require students to attend a concert?
I really want to know if I am missing it somewhere. What do other schools do? This is a public high school–universities do this, too!
.November 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm #548825
Michael A. GrayParticipant
Been there. Long-term solution: My concerts and after-school rehearsals were all culminating assessments.
If a student didn’t make one, they were automatically excused but they were still required to do a make- up (recreate the environment of the assessment): They were to select a piece of music, put it together with some friends, demonstrate what they had for a “base-line” to the assessment, receive instructions for improvement, rehearse with their friends, and present for a grade (based upon their improvement) in front of the rest of the choir before semester’s end. Needless to say, this was not a popular route so almost everyone made it an effort to show up for the after-school assessments.
In all fairness, I had these concerts and rehearsals scheduled at semester’s opening so everyone knew ahead of time what they had to do. Sudden rehearsals or performances were not held unless practically everyone wanted to do it and no assessment was given.
As usual, make sure your administrator is on board before trying out anything new. I lost some power to call a snap rehearsal but the overall result was fair to all and made for some great concerts.
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
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