Setting Expectations On and Off the Podium FMEA Conference Friday January 10, 2014 7:45 a.m. by Kira Omelchenko, D.M.A. Director of Orchestral and Strings Studies The University of Tampa [email protected] Powerpoint Templates. Introduction:. What are Expectations?
What are Expectations?
The act or state of looking forward or anticipating; a prospect of future good or profit
Expectations should be created,
implemented, evaluated, reset, adjusted, altered, confirmed as needed
Expectations are a choice and need to be consistent, practiced and reinforced
Takes energy to set high and
“An attitude of positive expectation
is the mark of the superior personality.”
–Brian Tracy (CEO and Chairman of Brian Tracy International Company)
“Excellence is the Result of
Caring more than others think is Wise,
Risking more than others think is Safe,
Dreaming more than others think is Practical,
and Expecting more than others think is Possible”
“Blessed is he who expects nothing,
for he shall never be disappointed”
–Alexander Pope (English Poet)
Set own expectations
What kind of educator/director/conductor do I want to be?
Start small-one goal a day easy to achieve
What kind of leaders/students/musicians do I want in my ensemble?
What kind of attitude do I expect from the players?
How do I expect the players to treat me and one another?
What kind of environment/culture do I want established in rehearsal?
Then set expectations for the ensemble- start small
Share Expectations with students and ensemble
Have an open discussion, compare expectations
Level of Expectations varies and depends on director
Planning and Commitment
The Body is our first instrument
Posture, Body Language
Outfit- colors, dress professional
Create Rehearsal Schedule- map it out with pencil
General and Specific
Preparation! Score and form analysis, transpositions
historic research, anticipate problem spots
Practice! Use a mirror, videotape yourself
Put the plan into effect/action
Set attitude, mood, energy from the beginning, day 1
What do I expect of the players at the start of rehearsal?
The Podium and Conductor’s Stand
The Clock- Start on time, end of time
Brass, Harp, Piano? Auxiliary instruments
Create the Culture you desire
The Psychology of the ensemble and mood of rehearsal
Use humor when needed
Be stern and push when needed
Be aware of the time of season, semester, exams,
Time of day, and physical and mental state of players
End rehearsal on a Good Note! Upbeat Music
Goal is to inspire ensemble and
To be inspired by the ensemble
Train students to train themselves and each other
To take responsibility
Have student leaders/officers
Orchestra Advisory Board
Video tape self and rehearsals
Observe tapes and evaluate
Discuss and Communicate with ensemble
Practice Concert bows, tuning, walking on/off, soloist(s) entrance/exits, group standing/sitting, etc.
Words of InspirationMusic DirectorNeeds to provide the vision for the ensemble Needs to be passionate, inspirational, creative, yet vulnerableTake risks, use humor, be spontaneous, be honest, be flexible, patient, positive, generous, attentive, assertive, firm, nurturing, do the unexpected. Setting expectations begins with you!From Musical to Magical
“What would you do today if you had no fear?”
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,”
—William Shakespeare (As You Like It )
“In order to be irreplaceable one must
always be different”—Coco Chanel