“We Can Play, or We Can Wait.”

I’ve recently stumbled upon one of those phrases I’ll probably carry with me through the rest of my career: “We can play, or we can wait.”

The music classes in my district are only 30 minutes long. That includes the time it takes to set up instruments, deal with individual issues, and make any announcements. I figure I’ve got about 25 minutes of actual playing time per class.

In an effort to avoid using phrases like, “Hurry up already!” I’ve been trying to come up with new ways to motivate students to, well… hurry up.

This passive-aggressive approach has worked pretty well much of time. Most of my students are geniunely motivated to play during class, so there’s sort of a constructive peer-pressure factor involved.

Do you have successful suggestions on how to get rehearsals started promptly?

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One thought on ““We Can Play, or We Can Wait.”

  1. Pick students that are doing the right thing and praise them for it. That works for me. I am trying to hunt for students that are doing the ringht thing as much as i do for students doing the wrong thing.

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