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No rehearsals for concerts during school day

Discussion in 'Music' started by perdu1, May 16, 2011.

  1. With all of the pressures for exams etc my school have decided to stop all rehearsals for concerts during the school day. Has anyone else had the same experience?
  2. erp77

    erp77 New commenter

    It's usually the cost of cover that stops us having rehearslals during the day. Though we only ever have one on the day of the concert or show as a dress rehearsal. You shouldn't really need to have any more than that.
    If I can't have at least an afternoon then they don't get a show!!
  3. We used to have one rehearsal on the day of the concert, that was put down to an afternoon session only, and now it has gone to none. They expect the concerts to be good as well - very pushy and vocal parents in the mix who expect the concerts to be perfect don't help. The no rehearsal no show tactic doesn't really work in practice when your back's against the wall.
  4. last bit sounded rude and didn't mean to, sorry. Have thought about no rehearsal no show, but the pressure to put on the concert and expectation, as well as the job market puts me in a very difficult position.
  5. YesMrBronson

    YesMrBronson New commenter

    You can't be sacked for refusing to do extracurricular sessions.
  6. brookey1970

    brookey1970 New commenter

    Request a meeting with Head and outline the options:
    (a) no rehearsals in lessons, with a shoddy or shambolic concert
    (b) several rehearsals in lesson time, followed by a first-rate concert
    (c) no concert.

    Ask which of these you are being instructed to do.
    Explain that, as the decision for this important shop-window event is ultimately his/hers, you will refer any positive or negative concert feedback to him/her.
  7. it's part of my contract - so got a feeling I could be!
  8. have done this and they're not budging!
  9. Call and after school/early evening rehearsal?
  10. Oh I think I could get quite creative in this situation. Perhaps a number of items in the concert would have to be started again when they went a bit wrong. Or, the concert would have to stop while I explained to the ensemble how we were to play the next piece, followed by an earnest apology to the audience. Without a 'final' rehearsal these would not be manufactured, just a little over-acted.
    One final thought, how much is a cover supervisor for a day anyway? £80? If you charge for concerts this could come from the profits. If you don't, now is an ideal opportunity to start with justification!
  11. Mrs Music

    Mrs Music New commenter

    Am I the only one that doesn't have any rehearsals during teaching time on the day of concerts?
  12. I am allowed to have a final rehearsal on the concert day but am not supposed to take KS4 out of lessons. I try and organise the rehearsal so that any clubs/items requiring KS4 students rehearse over break or lunchtime and the rest during lesson time so as not to disrupt GCSE learning. It works for us but i still see staff pulling faces when i mention (months in advance) in briefing that students will be missing 2 lessons on the day of a concert. And that is in a performing arts specialist school!

  13. jonowen

    jonowen Occasional commenter

    It's always other adults causing fuss and everyone gets so precious round about exam times (I find Maths and English the worst in my experience for not allowing pupils time out of their classes be it extra practising for concert or practical exam, but I'm not saying all Maths and Eng. teachers are like this) I think we have to fight for whatever time we feel we need - just a pity they don't advise us how to go about that part of the Music Teacher's job at college!
    My bug-bear at the moment is exams requiring "Silence" next to my dept. with string lessons, guitar lessons, singing lessons et al......., invigilators grumping because I open and shut my door as pupils appear - I think it gets worse every year. If school were just about teaching young people life would be so much nicer!!
  14. Thank you for all of your replies - some useful advice as well - I think having rehearsals over lunch for the ensembles that require KS4 and 5 could be workable. The after school ones may be a bit tough as we already work 3 out of the 3 days available after school til five, (the others being Friday - need a home life, and Monday - meetings.) I too had a groan in staff briefing when I mentioned the upcoming concert rehearsal (before they were pulled) - it is a bit disheartening to hear your colleagues do that when everyone is trying to enrich students lives. It is the old shop window / reality thing - I am shocked to hear a PA school do that! Other HoFs are supportive of me in private, but when I raise it at Faculty meetings they keep very quiet.
    I think the most difficult part is that we want to do well professionally, both for our students and for ourselves - as musicians we were taught to practice and practice until it is perfect, and now we find we are in situations where it is 'get this through and hope it will be ok.'
    Would be intrigued to hear how the no rehearsals at all on the day of a concert works? How do you maintain standards etc?
    Cover requirements are not that much of a worry as we covered each other's classes etc to let the other rehearse etc.
  15. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    I don't know that this is very helpful, as I spent my entire career in the independent sector, but I never had rehearsals in school time for any concert or show. The only time we were allowed to do so was for occasions at awkward times of year when music was officially required (choral music for commemoration of benefactors, right at the start of the school year, fanfares and fireworks music for prize giving in late June and so on).

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