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Choir Ninja, with Ryan Guth

Feb 20, 2017

Learn some hacks that will result in increased mental clarity and better musical work with Spencer Jones, choral director and founder of of Jonesin’ to Get Fit. Click to download episode! Show Notes:

  1. Schedule it 
    1. Lay it out in front of you on tools like a day planner or Google Calendar.
    2. Year-at-a-glance calendars are perfect for zooming out and seeing what’s coming up.
    3. Make a daily to-do list as a way to get everything out of your head. Feels great to cross it off!
  2. Prep - Did you adequately prepare yourself and your group for the event? Sometimes we just can’t be as prepared as we’d like, but you get as close as you can through…
    1. Looking over your calendar to see what’s coming up and making sure everything is in place. Just like a good sight-reader looks a measure or two ahead, so do you.
    2. Adequate score study
    3. Prepping non-musical things (Give away the menial tasks through delegation.)
  3. Delegate- 
    1. GIve away things that don’t need you, such as...
      1. programs
      2. taking attendance
      3. uniform organization
      4. social media
      5. team activities
  4. Breathe (Find me time) - We get so wrapped up in the anticipation of the event that we can get a little (or a lot) crazy.  Take a step back, know that you’re doing what you can, and breathe.  It could be as simple as 3 minutes to clear your mind or as much as a weekend of not thinking and worrying about it.
  5. Enjoy the Performance - You did as much as you could in the time you had.  Now stop fretting over it and enjoy it.  As Constantin Stanislavski said “The rehearsal is the work, the performance is the relaxation.”
3 Key Takeaways:
  1. Sometimes our frustration with our choir comes from our own lack of preparation.
  2. GIve away menial tasks, like taking attendance, to students.
  3. You’ve worked hard! Take time to enjoy the performance.
Resources/links Mentioned: Sponsored by: Sight Reading Factory (Use promo code “NINJA” at checkout for 10 free student accounts!) srfLogo 4