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Much can be accomplished with sectional rehearsal during rehearsal time. Hopefully you have some practice rooms with pianos or even the auditorium with a piano. I assign a competent student to lead each section, someone with piano skills and hopefully leadership skills. For accountability they return to the rehearsal and perform the section they were assigned. It not only aids in learning parts for those that do not read as quickly, it also develops leadership skills and breaks up the rehearsal time to keep interest. I often pick my officers for the next year from the students that do well as sectional leaders.

LeAnna Willmore
NAfME, Choral Education Council Chair