For this you will need to know what the intended rational and experiential aims of the session are. The Rational Aim is focussed on the musical skills and learning that will take place. The Experiential Aim is about how you want people to feel at the end of the session. When you understand these aims and how long the session is you can plan the activities.
- Tell participants what is going to happen, and how long the session will last
- Prepare some ‘get to know you’ and ‘warm up’ activities (10 to 20 minutes depending on the length of the session)
- Make sure participants feel they are in a ‘safe’ space, where they can take musical risks without fear of ridicule
- Work to achieve quick success, allowing participants to feel confident to move on to more difficult musical exercises
- Celebrate people’s abilities, give praise when people have done well
- Plan additional activities if people pick up things very quickly
- Be prepared to achieve fewer musical items in order to improve the standard of performance and level of achievement
- Plan how to deal with difficult behaviour
- Just before the finish time, discuss with the group what has happened, ask them to reflect on what progress they have made, and one thing we have found very useful, ask them to nominate one other person’s achievements in the session. For example: “I think X did well because they did this thing...”
Prepare a 60-minute pilot workshop. Walk through the workshop. Ask some friends/volunteers to be guinea pigs for you (or I you have musical friends all take turns to deliver a workshop)
Reflect on your test workshop: how will you improve it?
Read Organisation X’s behaviour policy: What can you learn from it? How would you improve it?