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Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom$
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Karel Butz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190602888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190602888.001.0001

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(p.131) 5 Rehearsal
Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom

Karel Butz

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the characteristics of effective orchestra rehearsing that involve instructing students how to feel, hear, and see concepts so that efficient and purposeful practice can successfully occur. The process of designing motivating rehearsal environments, classroom structure, and skill sets is examined. Several rehearsal strategies are analyzed and demonstrated via score samples and videos that help students to develop better intonation, rhythmic alignment, tone quality, finger coordination, and consistency. The chapter explains that the director has the responsibility of ensuring that rehearsals inspire and develop musicianship among the students. Finally, the author demonstrates how a director’s deeper-level questioning can assist students in overcoming performance obstacles without director guidance.

Keywords:   rehearsal, mindful practice, efficient practice, rehearsal strategies, effective orchestra practice

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