If you are interviewing for a new choral job, there’s a good chance you will be asked to give a choir demo lesson.
A demo lesson is a make or break for landing your next (or very first) job. Unfortunately, most choral directors do not know how to plan a successful demo lesson.
A demo lesson is not the same as a regular rehearsal. You have a lot to demonstrate in a short period of time.
The pressure is on………….
As a result, many choral directors try to do too much. They over-plan and aim to impress instead of locking in a well-executed choir rehearsal and gracefully securing the necessary choir nuts and bolts.
How do you successfully plan when:
– you don’t know the ability level of the group?
– you don’t know how well they already know the music that was selected?
– you don’t know how well they sight-sing or if they can sight-sing at all?
– you don’t know what their behavior will be like?
There are things you just won’t know until you step into the classroom. With that said, there are definitely clear pitfalls you must avoid.
The first step is knowing what pitfalls to avoid.
The very first pitfall to avoid is:
STARTING A REHEARSAL LATE
The bell rang and there you are at your demo lesson, awkwardly waiting in front of a bunch of random students.
Only a handful are there, not in their seats, and some students are still entering.
When do you start?
Well, the longer you wait awkwardly to start, the more likely your chance at this job will slip away.
My blog post, How To Give A Killer Choir “Demo Lesson” – 14 Things To Avoid, will give you all the tools to have an unsinkable, stand-out demo lesson.
First, I will share the 14 things to avoid, and why.
Next, I will provide you with a complimentary 9-page downloadable handout that gives you 17 tips for creating the killer demo choir lesson!
Before you check out my blog post, I’ll tell you the biggest secret about creating a killer demo lesson:
Here it is………….
Overly creative lessons can quickly lead to awkward and unpredictable responses from unknown students.
Sound rehearsal structure with a predictable lesson flow will lead to a much more predictable and comforting response from students and observers.
If you are in the process of interviewing, you do not want to miss this post!