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2015 Music Learning Process

 

Program Purpose

To ensure accurate performance of all ViH songs through individual taping, self-assessment and private, third party evaluation followed by focused instructional rehearsals.

 

Program Overview

When a song is ready to be introduced, singers will be given at least 4 weeks to learn the song at home using whatever tools are preferred.  A recording will be due to the section leader at the end of that 4 week period. This is the “Individual Learning Period.” The section leaders will review all recordings and let you know if you have turned in an accurate recording or if you need to keep recording.

The next 4 rehearsals will be the Chorus Learning Period.  During this time we will work the song in focused instructional rehearsals with the full chorus and in sections to improve our performance.  By the 4th rehearsal during this period, it’s expected that the song will be performance ready.

 

Program Process

Individual Learning Period – 4 weeks

What you do AT HOME:

  • Learn the song at home using any tools and techniques you prefer
  • Record the song at home using the 4-part learning track
  • Listen to the recording for accuracy in notes, words and breaths
  • Turn it into your section leader anytime within the four week period, but only when you believe it is accurate.  We will all have turned in an accurate tape by the end of the Individual Learning Period.

What happens AT CHORUS:

  • The song being learned will be run at chorus at least once per week during rehearsal to help you judge your progress and to ask questions. You might also find folks singing through it for practice prior to the start of rehearsal.
  • You can request additional assistance from your section leader

Chorus Learning Period – next 4 weeks

What you do AT HOME:

  • Continue to review music as needed
  • Reinforce chorus learning (including any changes, performance coaching, etc…)
  • If you have not yet turned in an accurate recording, continue recording at home and turn in to your section leader until accuracy is achieved

What happens AT CHORUS:

  • The song being learned will be worked in focused instructional rehearsals with the full chorus and in sectionals to make the song performance ready.
  • Singers who have turned in an accurate recording will sing in sectionals and the full chorus
  • If you have not turned in an accurate recording, you will be expected to hold your music and continue the learning process by listening to others during full-chorus time on the risers.

 

Program Expectations


What the CHORUS WILL PROVIDE for the singer:

  • The chart and learning tracks on the website as early as possible, but never less than 4 weeks prior to the end of the Individual Learning Period.
  • A list of different tools and techniques to help the learning process for all types of learners (visual, auditory and kinesthetic). 
  • Assistance from your section leader or a mentor for those in need of help, including help with how to use the different available tools.

What is EXPECTED OF THE SINGER:

  • Participation in the process to the fullest extent of the singer’s ability, striving for accuracy in notes, words and breaths until it is achieved
  • Listening carefully to the recommendations by the recording evaluator and making the necessary corrections to future recordings to achieve accuracy
  • Compliance with timelines
  • Check in with section leader or mentor during the personal learning process if experiencing difficulties (don’t wait until it’s too late!)

 

Toolbox

Make use of all the tools that work for you! Some are categorized by the type of learner your are. Not sure what your type is? Take the quiz! And don't stick just with your primary style. Mix and match until you find the perfect blend!

If you have any questions about any of the tools, or if you need help figuring out which might be best for you, check in with your section leader!

 

Jay G Learning Method

Strategies from a music teacher (our own Shari!)

Ideas for Visual Learners

Ideas for Auditory Learners

Ideas for Kinesthetic Learners

Amazing Music Theory Handouts (from Sweet Adeline Lori Decker Wright)