March 11, 2009 at 7:38 PM
Back in my day when dinosaurs ruled the earth, passing notes back and forth was the cool thing to do. Until you got caught. :) Now that technology has taken over, texting is the new "passing notes."
My daughter's youth orchestra has decided to have a policy on cell phones during rehearsal. When I asked my daughter how bad the cell usage is, she said that it is quite disruptive during rehearsals. It was getting to the point when the conductor would stop conducting...time to text. And when it was time to play, they are still texing, coming in late for intrances etc.
I have learned to text myself.... I am very slow at it. But the whole concept is very interesting to me.
alas I amquite happy to remain a dinosaur. I do coach a childrens orchestra and although it sounds pompous and arty fart I actually feel there is somethign importnat I wnat to get across about life and the whole shebbang though the medium of making music together. This is something along the lines of `if its woth doing then do it with love. This means giving both the music and your friends your undivide dattention. It is disrespectful to both to divide you rattention between the job in hand and largely pointless chattering over the airwaves. It is extremely rude to even consider checking cell phones dutring a rehearsal.`
I explain a couple of times. Warn a few more and after that there is real trouble. Fortunately we have never got past the explaining stage. Fingers crossed. Incidentally, ther eis a practical side to this. Carry a cell phone close to your body and it will weaken your control over your playing. Perhaps not much but we are all looking to be our best I suppose.
Okay, I text alot (obviously NOT during rehearsal time), so its not like I'm against this, but texting during rehearsals is just plain RUDE. I think unless you are on call as a doctor, checking your phone messages during rehearsal (breaks are obviously exceptions), is just rude.
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