229: Music Rehearsal Skills

Demonstrate the skills to rehearse effectively for a specific music performance and identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Contents:

What do I need to do?

TASK 1: Assess personal goals, in relation to the effective rehearsal of a 15 minute set.

  1. SWOT Analysis’ page: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats analysis of your skills for your chosen instrument.
  2. Personal Goals and Targets’ page: Set individual goals for development as a performer, and set yourself targets of what you want to improve and why.

TASK 2: Describe the profile of the rehearsal process for a specific performance of 15 minutes material

  1. Pre-production meeting notes’ page: writing up your planning notes with your group or when you were planning on what songs would be suitable for you to play.
  2. Health and Safety’ page, detailing how to be safe when rehearsing.
  3. Response to the Brief’ page: The brief is that you will perform 15mins of music in a school concert for a charity event. You need to write what music you think will be suitable for the audience.
  4. Rehearsal Schedule’ page: write a one week Monday to Sunday timetable of when you have your music lessons, instrument lesson and when you will practice your instrument at home.

TASK 3: Review and evaluate your progress

  1. Rehearsal Diary’ page: a weekly diary entry on what you have been working on that week, what went well, what didn’t go well, what you need to work on next week.
  2. Instrumental Lesson Diary’ page: a weekly diary entry on what you have been working with your instrumental teacher, and what you need to practice to improve. You can incorporate this into your rehearsal diary if you wish.
  3. Term Review 1 (Christmas)’ page: a whole term review of your progress so far. State if you have achieved any of your targets or goals so far, and if they have changed. If you haven’t achieved any targets write what could you do to improve.
  4. Term Review 2 (Easter)’ page: a whole term review of your progress so far. State if you have achieved any of your targets or goals so far, and if they have changed. If you haven’t achieved any targets write what could you do to improve.
  5. Upload recordings of your mid-project performances and rehearsals.

TASK 4: 15 minute recorded performance and evaluation

  1. Recordings’ page: uploaded video and audio recordings of your 15 minutes of performances.
  2. Final Evaluation’ page: a final evaluation of your progress as a musical. Refer back to your targets and goals. Sate if and how you have achieved them and any reasons why you didn’t.
  3. On your ‘Final Evaluation’ page identify future areas for improvement. Would you have done anything differently?

Grading Criteria (Pass, Merit, Distinction)

Grading Criteria – Task 1:

Pass:

Define a set of personal goals in relation to their aspirations and expectations of the rehearsal process, having identified their reasons for undertaking the rehearsal process. There will be some tutor input into this undertaking.

Merit:

Define a set of realistic and achievable personal goals in relation to their aspirations and expectations of the rehearsal process, having identified their reasons for undertaking the rehearsal process. There will be nominal tutor input into this undertaking.

Distinction:

Define and take ownership of a set of realistic and achievable personal goals in relation to their aspirations and expectations of the rehearsal process, having identified their reasons for undertaking the rehearsal process. There will be little or no tutor input into this undertaking.

Grading Criteria – Task 2:

Pass:

Based on their personal goals, evidence understanding of what the rehearsal process will look and feel like and how they will engage with it in order to refine their performance effectively. Learners must also evidence understanding of health and safety implications associated with rehearsing music, relevant to the context in which the rehearsals are taking place.

Merit:

Evidence clear understanding of what the rehearsal process will look and feel like and how they will engage with it. Within this there will be evidence of some understanding of where potential issues may lie and some thought as to how these might be overcome. Clear understanding of the relevant health and safety implications associated with rehearsing music in context will be evident.

Distinction:

Evidence clear understanding of what the rehearsal process will look and feel like and how they will engage with it. Within this there will be strong evidence of clear understanding of where potential issues may lie. Strategies for how these may be overcome effectively will be in place. Clear understanding of the relevant health and safety implications associated with rehearsing music in context will be evident, with clear understanding of where issues may occur and how they may be avoided.

Grading Criteria – Task 3:

Pass:

Evidence of competent musical, technical, self management, interpersonal and safe practice skills relevant to, and throughout, the rehearsal process.

Merit:

Evidence good musical, technical, self-management, interpersonal and safe practice skills relevant to, and throughout, the rehearsal process.

Distinction:

Evidence excellent musical, technical, self-management, interpersonal and safe practice skills relevant to, and throughout, the rehearsal process.

Grading Criteria – Task 4:

Pass:

Evidence understanding of the degree of success of the rehearsal process as a whole and of their role within it. As part of this, learners are expected to assess their strengths and areas for development.

Merit:

Evidence clear understanding of the degree of success of the rehearsal process as a whole and of their role within it. Strengths and areas for development are defined clearly.

Distinction:

Evidence clarity and realism in evaluating the degree of success of the rehearsal process as a whole and of their role within it. Strengths and areas for development are defined clearly. Strategies for the ongoing refinement of the rehearsal process will be in place.

RSL Unit Documentation

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate the skills to rehearse effectively for a specific music performance and identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Brief

The Music Department is putting on a charity concert in the summer term and your class has been asked to contribute a selection of performances.  Each student must take part in 15 minutes of musical material – this can be made up of ensemble and/or solo performances.

Unit Aims

This unit aims to develop the skills needed for effective rehearsal, ensuring that you are fully prepared for live performance.

Throughout this project you will be expected to:

  • Devise a rehearsal schedule and individual action plan
  • Investigate a variety of rehearsal methods
  • Maintain a progress diary
  • Work effectively as a team
  • Participate in group discussions
  • Work with increasing independence from staff

You are to prepare 15 minutes worth of musical material for a performance.  You can work in groups or individually to rehearse 5 songs.  You can decide what pieces you play and who you work with, but remember that you will be assessed on your preparation and rehearsal, not on the quality of performance for this unit. You also need to identify the support you will need and ask for it when you need it.

You are required to keep a diary of your progress, setting yourself targets and reviewing them on a regular basis.

Evidence

Evidence will be in the form of your online progress diary, tutor observations and videos of milestone performances and dress rehearsals.

This unit links with your Year 11 external assessment performance 230 unit. It will prepare you to complete a set performance brief within the exam timeframe.

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