Observations on musical direction…

The musical director is the person in charge of delivering the musical side of a project. Sometimes this is the whole project, sometimes it’s part of a bigger picture.

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Recently I have been both director and directee in various situations. Here are some observations.A good musical director will:

  • Know the music inside out.
  • Be confident enough to say when things are wrong and address them.
  • Create an environment where people feel comfortable expressing themselves.
  • Trust her musicians.
  • Read the atmosphere in a room.
  • Single people out only when necessary and in a respectful way.
  • Always remember that music is meant to be fun.

A good directee will:

  • know his part in the music inside out.
  • Have trust in the musical director.
  • Bring positive energy and commitment to the project.
  • Be confident enough to make suggestions to the musical director, but accept that the final decision is hers.
  • Play the music to the best of his ability every time.
  • Have fun playing.

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