Concert Adjudication Jim Matthews Introduction to Adjudicating Adjudicators are simply Observers We are Evaluators - intentions are to be: Fair, Meaningful and Helpful. We are a Resource to Teachers and Students We must Speak the Truth in Love – according to our experiences. That is why there are three stage and one Sight-Reading. Your Musical Background What are YOUR Negotiables/Non-Negotiables? What is on YOUR iPod? Build the Perfect Judge! Are YOU that perfect judge? Can you be unbiased about director, situation, circumstances? Could you give your best friend a 2/3? Are you able to take down the “wall” and speak to them so they will listen? Are you going to confer? Are you going to have your mind made up BEFORE you confer? Are you going to be persuaded? Adjudicators Tools F.B.A. Adjudicator’s Handbook – YOU MUST READ IT! Can you imagine a referee who didn’t know the rule book? Concert Adjudication Sheet Concert Adjudication Rating Sheet – Outline Script? Pen and Pencil set? Topics Reminder Sheet? Laws of Making Music Adjudicators Role Be Organized: Fill out contract, send in immediately, respond quickly to District Chair, Print Directions – Mileage. Print and count travel back and forth to Hotel. Dress Professionally, Speak with all Site/School Personnel Professionally. Be as Helpful to District Chair as possible. Keep Things Moving – Make sure the event is running on time. Cautions Never talk on Social Media during event! Be professional – you are on their time. Try to never make a comment without making a prescription. Don’t Anticipate Problems Try not to Sing over the entire recording. Be careful to LISTEN and not speak the entire time. Know what you are talking about. Don’t speak about something you are not clear about. Cautions/Suggestions We are called to a higher calling because we are speaking to the entire group. Treat this very respectfully. Take the time throughout the year to develop a listening library of your own. Share with other adjudicators. Practice Adjudicating – put on recording and tape yourself and listen back. Refine your art. Find the most glaring or immediate concept to address and stick with it. There are three other adjudicators. You can’t get it all. Cautions/Suggestions We are here to help everyone involved to grow – including ourselves. Learn how to speak concisely. Have as many solid solutions as possible. Also suggest resources for teachers and students to be able to refer to. Pause, think about what you are going to say. Don’t start talking until you really have something to say. Remember to challenge them to the next level of musicianship. Who are You Speaking To? Keep in mind that you are speaking to the students, but the director is the main one you are ultimately speaking to. Be cautious. Adjudicators make long lasting career impressions. We are speaking to real people, with real souls. Don’t compare the ensemble with YOUR band, compare it to the Standard that is in your head and the score in front of you. How can you speak more directly with the teacher? Be able to say the same thing five different ways. You don’t if they are getting it after only once. Listening Examples Take out Adjudication Sheets Fennell – Cleveland Winds – Holst Suite in F Mvt. #2. FBA – Concert Examples Track 2 - M.S. Band Chanson and Bouree – Erickson Track 9 – H.S. March Track 12 – Skip around because of length Sorry – Not Pretty – Track 3 – Morning Peer Gynt NO Concept of Laws – Track 7 Track 6 – Desire, Good Intentions, Potential! Wrong Choice. Exercise - Polly Oliver – Cell Phones, Split into groups. Laws of Making Music See hand-out. New E-Book! Principles of Musical Performance Use them to have plenty of suggestions to fix conceptual problems. Have a list near you so you can stay on track? Have a pad to jot down concepts to go back to at the end of the last piece. Ask the District chair to give you a copy of your comments after you adjudicate – then listen and evaluate your won recordings. Real-Time Exercise Break into small groups and listen and make comments. Use Cell phone or iPad. Select one person to share with same group. Meet as full group and make comments on activity. Encourage everyone to do this more often, as district chair for a copy of your comments. Share with mentor and grow! Expand your Vocabulary as you grow. Sight-Reading Make them feel comfortable! Do they have a process? Encourage the very best from students to directors. Are they able to transfer fundamentals of stage to sightreading process? Same basic Concepts: Tone, Balance, Listening to teacher, Listening to other sections, Dynamics etc. Be organized, handing out and collecting music and scores. Constantly compliment the helpers. That is their payment. Final Recording Employs ALL LAWS of MAKING MUSIC. Patience Expand YOUR Library. Share ideas and recordings with others. How are you taking control of YOUR OWN GROWTH?