D.S. al Fine: Keep Students Engaged through Year's End

Spring concerts over? Do your seniors have “senioritis”? Here are some end-of-year activities to break from the normal rehearsal routine:


2008 May MENC Orchestra Mentor, Gabriel Villasurda, suggests allowing all the seniors to take a chance at conducting the class: “Teach them how to hold a baton and do a basic preparatory beat. Make a chart of the basic beat patterns; give everyone a copy. Go through the patterns as a group.”

Do you have a fun or unique end-of-year activity? Post it on the orchestra forum.

Just as some students are leaving, others are just beginning. Look out for “Secrets to Successful Violin Solos” in the June 2008 issue of Teaching Music. Two experienced string teachers offer tips to ensure that solo performances for beginning violinists is a positive experience and one that introduces important new skills.

— Nicole Springer, June 2, 2010. © National Association for Music Education.