RE: [SCA_BARDS] Master Bardic Class at Estrella War
- Having been in and helped to run a few of these, I'd like to make some suggestions. At the risk of preaching to my betters, it's been my experience that the class will work better if:1 - You assign a fixed amount of time for each performer, say 10 or 15 minutes. Longer pieces get less feedback, shorter ones get more, extra time can be used at the end to revisit. This avoids arbitrary length rules. You can figure out the time at the beginning by dividing the "coaching" portion of the class (a half? More? Less?) by the number of participants.2 - People should bring either a piece they've got nailed (in which case you're getting critique that focuses on the performance technique rather than the piece), OR a piece that's "not quite right" (in which case the class will likely focus on the material more than the presentation). Pieces that are really raw should be welcome, but people should be warned they won't get as much out of it.3 - Establish a STRONG guide in favor of telling people the things they're doing right as well as what needs improvement. The critical parts will be received that much better, and besides - it's often harder to know what's going well than to see the things that are not. And it's even harder for the audience.4 - Run the darned thing like a popular general; meaning, you want to encourage participation from all fronts but you want to keep enough control to make sure the class moves along. Nothing bogs a coaching class down faster than a debate among the people off-stage. (Guilty).Gotta run everyone,Brion-----Original Message-----For any of you who may make Estrella War, I have offered to do a diagnostic
From: SCA_BARDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCA_BARDS@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Dr. Shelley Rabinovitch
Sent: Tuesday, November 08, 2005 1:32 PM
Subject: [SCA_BARDS] Master Bardic Class at Estrella War
Master Class there. Here's the info so far: date and time tba.
Estrella War Class Title: Bardic Arts Master Class
SCA Name: Baroness TSivia bas Tamara v'Amberview, O.L.
Singers/songwriters, poets, and storytellers are all invited to participate
in this Master Class. The class will not teach the basics: this is designed
for those who already practice their craft(s) but would like feedback,
ideas, and tips on how to improve existing pieces, how to present, how to
deal with hecklers, stage presence, etc. You don't need to be a high
muckety-muck "Bard" to participate, but do be aware this is for those who
already have some SCA experience within one of the Bardic Arts areas.
Participants are invited to bring SAMPLES of their work for constructive
criticism, ideas on how to fix writer's blocks, etc. etc., and others are
certainly invited as an audience. (After all, what's a Bard without an
audience??) TSivia is one of the most senior active Bards in the SCA and
lives in Ealdormere (Ontario, Canada).
Class Limit: 25 participants (not counting audience members)
Class Fee: none
Length: 2 hour block
Preferred Day: Saturday
Preferred Start Time: Afternoon (3pm-5pm)
Ages groups: 18+