Note From Us: May 2016

Note From Us: May 2016

Our theme for May and June is Getting There and we want you to be a part of it! We're reinventing our submission process, so we can take so much more of your work and thoughts. 

Note From Us: May 2016

Our theme for May and June is Getting There and we want you to be a part of it! We're reinventing our submission process, so we can take so much more of your work and thoughts. 

What a month April was! We had our launch event on the 23rd which was incredibly successful (even with my absence, somehow they managed) and we can't thank everyone enough for coming along to celebrate. Some completely gorgeous photos (courtesy of Martin Maras) are now up on Facebook and Instagram, so if you haven't already, check them out! We also had a new Postcard from Singapore, another instalment of From the Organ Loft, and we started publishing playlists of our mentors' favourite tunes (you really should check these out, they're so cool), as well as some exceptionally informative mentor answers (as usual). This coming month, we can also look forward to a brand new website! We'll keep you posted on any downtime and what you can look forward to.

Megan asked me to write this month's Note From Us about a month ago, so, naturally, it's the day before it's due, and I'm just sitting down to do it now. I've always been a procrastinator. Sometimes panic is the best motivator, y'know? In particular I have a love-hate relationship with writing. It's the most satisfying thing - once it's done. Unfortunately for me, having to write a 12,000 word dissertation by the end of the year is also on my to-do list: probably not the kind of thing I can leave to the last minute.

...or can I? NO. No.

So, let's talk the opposite. For many of you, this coming month forms the lead up to the recital and exam period. What do you do to make sure you're performing at your best? How do you make sure you're on-track with your progress? How do you stay motivated and positive during a stressful time like this? Our theme for May and June is GETTING THERE and we want you to be a part of it! We're reinventing our submission process, so we can take so much more of your work and thoughts. Over the next two months, we want to hear about your processes, and how you're working towards wherever you're going. Why not write for us? I've included some ideas, but feel free to send through anything you've got. If you've got an idea that you're not sure is appropriate send us a quick message any time, and we can brainstorm together. 

  • As you prepare for your recital/tech exam/composition portfolio/dissertation/audition, keep a preparation journal. Note down how you're feeling, and what your goals are, and the steps you take. At the end, send in your diary! For more inspiration, take a look at mentor Susan de Weger's article about the road to her final Master's recital. 
  • Send in your practice selfies! We're on Instagram @rehearsal_magazine, so if you are taking a photo while you practice/compose/write hashtag #myrehearsalroom. We'll be doing mini prizes over this month for the best photos we see!
  • What was the last large project you completed? How did you stay the course when the going got tough? 
  • For graduates: Tell us about your study experience. What advice would you give an undergrad student putting together a recital right now? What do you wish you'd known?
  • Sometimes it's hard to see the end of the tunnel when you're prepping hard for a big project. Take a moment to celebrate a recent success, and think about the awesome things you've already been able to achieve. Getting There is not only about where you're going, but where you've already been. 
  • If you've got big 5-year, 10-year plans, talk us through how you're going to get there, and what you need. REHEARSALmag is a community, and if you need help or advice we can usually match you with someone who has the know-how you're looking for.

Send your submissions through to with the subject line GETTING THERE. 

If you're not keen on submitting something but you still want an answer, no problem! We have 12 incredible mentors for you to ask questions to 24/7 anonymously. Want to know how our mentors perform at their best? If they have any tips for pre-exam nerves? Ask them! That's what this platform is all about, having the opportunity to share your thoughts and ask those important questions you can't get the answer to anywhere else.

Exciting times ahead guys!

Until next time,

Jess Crowe
Editor, REHEARSALmagazine


Here's what we've been reading elsewhere this month:

Music Division Director Gives Welcome Address

COMPOSED documentary

Experience: I am a deaf opera singer

Why Musicians Need Silence in an Always-Connected World

How Marin Alsops' classes for young women conductors are changing the face of the profession

How Music Works: How to compose music with multimedia in mind

The Most Important Part of a Performance (Which We Usually Forget to Practice)

The Sound of Silence: Classical Music's Forgotten Women

Disarmed: Dropping the Protective Armour of Stage Fright

The Surprising Science Behind What Music Does To Our Brains

92 Skills You Need to Run an Arts Business

Career Satisfaction for Music Entrepreneurs