Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Preparing for that Summer Performance
1. Dedicate the time to learning the repertoire well in advance. Learn the music as soon as possible. Solidify all of the notes, rhythms and lyrics right after you receive the materials. Work on dynamics and vocal quality so you can add interpretation, movement, and stage direction more easily at rehearsals or lessons.
2. Do your homework. Know what you are supposed to work on and work on it at home so that time spent at the program or lesson can be spent building on those skills. Review what you work on in rehearsal or lesson and take the next step as directed by your teacher or director.
3. Analyze the lyrics of your song. What do the words mean? What do they mean to you? Can you relate to them or do you need to paraphrase it for yourself to better convey the message you are singing?
4. Research your song, role, and musical. Where does your song come in the musical? What is going on with the character? Watch a video of the song by a few different people on YouTube for reference or watch the musical. Find the context of the song and use what you watch and listen to as a way to help solidify your interpretation.
5. Practice in between sessions. Add a little exercise, sleep, water and fresh air.
6. Build on those new skills. Repeat!
The time spent outside of a summer program and lessons is valuable to your overall experience. Embrace it and enjoy!!