Right before you start to warm up with your choir, we need to take the time to properly introduce the session. This starts from the moment we request everyone’s attention.

Getting this introduction right is really important. It sets the tone of the rehearsal, communicates the expectations you have of your members, and can go a long way towards putting everyone’s anxieties to rest.

Try and avoid making too many assumptions when you you make a rehearsal – assume there are new people present: introduce yourself, explain what the choir is about, assure everyone that whatever they have to contribute is valued. Take the time and effort to set things up right, and you will have a much better rehearsal.

  • Introduce yourself, and welcome everyone to the choir.
  • Explain to your choir what you are hoping to achieve in the rehearsal.
  • Give them a brief plan of what will occur, and if necessary, a reason why you’re doing it.
  • People on mass love to know what is expected of them. It allays any anxiety, and lets them relax into the rehearsal feeling prepared.

  • Establish any expectations you have of your choir. Particularly early on if you are a new community music facilitator.
  • Let people know what is expected – perhaps you’d like them to remember to bring a water bottle and a pen. Perhaps you need them to remember their music each week.
  • Be consistent and clear with them when you need their attention. Establish a fun, friendly way to get their attention back after short breaks.
  • With One Voice choirs are about joy and connection. Don’t forget to continually frame things around this concept.
  • Spend some time allaying members’ anxieties about singing in front of each other.
  • Assure them that we are here to sing, not to be good singers!
  • Remind people that the benefits of singing come from the “doing” – not necessarily the “doing well”!

  • A sincere Acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land we are on shows support and respect for our displaced and / or traumatised indigenous brothers and sisters.
  • Indigenous Australians have been gathering as communities and connecting through song and dance for tens of thousands of years.
  • Acknowledging this, and connecting people to the history of the land on which they meet can ground our intentions in gratefulness and respect.
  • We encourage all choirs to consider adding an Acknowledgement of Country to their regular rehearsal procedures.