Tag: rehearsals

Tip for Today: from Peter Gomez

| August 4, 2008 | 0 Comments

Say hello to all of your students one at a time throughout your rehearsal blocks. They will all work harder for you, and the younger/not as experienced members will get better faster. Peter Gomez – ColorguardUSA

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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 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: Teaching New Choreography

| November 4, 2007 | 0 Comments

Providing clear counts for choreography is important.  When first learning work, teach the motion that you wish to occur without structure.  This helps to get the movement “into the muscles”.   Next, define each count of music.  This helps to clarify pathways, momentum, and timing.  Finally, teaching the use of subdivision (1 & 2 & 3…) […]

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Tip for Today: Video Taping Routines

| October 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

To aid our girls in getting the drill/routine down I video the instructor doing the routine and upload it onto my computer. I then burn copies of the drills for each girl so when they are practicing at home if they get dazed and confused they can pop the disk in their pc and see […]

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Tip for Today: Fundamentals with Drill

| September 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

“For any sections of the show that do not yet have routine, have the students spin a fundamentals exercise over it.  You might consider having them spin for one set and then stop spinning for the next, then resume spinning on the third, etc.  This helps them to learn how to spin and move through […]

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Mastering Memorization

| September 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

Here is an article I co-wrote for Halftime Magazine on Mastering Memorization .  It has tips for performers on ways to make memorizing routines easier!  The article is applicable to both guard and instrumentalists!  Please visit their website and support this exciting new publication that features our favorite activities!

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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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