There 3 very important steps to getting your students to practice. Listen to Ryan discuss these on today’s Technique Tuesday episode.
- Make resources available through the sharing of practice tracks
- Find existing practice tracks by “Googling” the name of the piece, composer last name, and the voice part. If the piece is popular, you’ll probably be in luck! Ex. “Ubi Caritas Gjeilo Soprano”
- Record practice tracks on your phone with the Voice Recorder app
- Delegate: Have a student accompanist or enthusiastic chorister record practice tracks for you.
- Provide accountability
- Have a regularly scheduled assessment day in your classroom and only assess a random group of students.
- Divide the number of students by the number of assessment days. That’s how many students you must assess each day.
- Use Google Classroom or an app like GroupMe (if you’re allowed) to connect with choristers between rehearsal to give tips, remind them of assessments, provide encouragement, and answer questions.