Category: Rehearsal Planning & Management

Tip for Today: Chunking Choreography

| August 17, 2008 | 2 Comments

Have a difficult section of choreography to teach and a lot of beginner performers?  Teach 8-counts at a time to the entire group, making sure your veterans understand.  Then divide the group into squads and allow the veterans to work in small groups with the rookies.  Monitor progress and move on when they’re ready, 8-counts […]

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Tip for Today: Tossing Tips

| June 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Safety First!  When teaching beginners to toss, minimize the variables.  Find a rehearsal space that’s not too windy or sunny to start off.  Wait until they are solid with technique before asking them to toss in wind or blinding sunlight.  Once they understand how the equipment handles then start adding variables one at a time.

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Tip for Today: Calling Roll

| June 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Call Attendance the first week of camp.  It will help you and the students learn one another’s names.  Ask each member to respond with a “favorite” instead of “here.”  For example, “What’s your favorite song?”  You’ll get to know everyone quickly and they’ll enjoy sharing a personal favorite!

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Daily Training for Color Guard

| May 29, 2008 | 1 Comment

Here is a quick sectionals article I wrote for Halftime Magazine with tips for “fitting in your fundamentals” throughout the season, even when the focus starts to shift towards cleaning the show.  Check out “Daily Training for Color Guard” on their website!

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The ‘Winterguard Wand’ and Championships

| May 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

Well, this is it.  We have arrived at the last few fleeting moments of rehearsal before Championships (heavy sigh).  Hopefully all the final details of your shows have been put into place.  The performance flags have finally arrived from the seamstress, and your team has reached their absolute peak in performance (sarcasm noted).  Of course, […]

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The Many Roles of the Instructor: Keeping Performers Motivated Mid-Season

| May 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

WGASC judge Chris Casteel discusses strategies for keeping your performers motivated through the mid-season slump!

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Featuring Fundamentals: FINDING THE TIME!

| January 17, 2008 | 4 Comments

Have difficulty finding time to maintain your rehearsal of fundamentals throughout the season?  This article has ideas for how to fit in critical rehearsal of fundamental skills at every rehearsal throughout the entire season even as focus shifts towards design and choreography. Coaches and Adjudicators agree a strong training program with a solid foundation in […]

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Tip for Today: Warm Ups to Music

| August 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Try your warm-ups to music and have the students mark time so that they can get used to listening for the beat and staying in tempo.” -Nicki Rametta, Thomas Edison High School Color Guards

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Rehearsal Techniques for Student Leaders

| February 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

This is an article originally written as part of a student leadership manual.  It outlines practical advice and strategies for student leaders (which may also be helpful for new instructors) on ways to teach and clean routines. Group Teaching Techniques The captain(s) are the primary officer(s) responsible for group teaching and demonstration at rehearsals.  The […]

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Rehearsal Techniques

| February 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

This is an article originally written as part of a student leadership manual.  It outlines practical advice and strategies for student leaders (which may also be helpful for new instructors) on ways to teach and clean routines.

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