I'm writing to provide some feedback for this week's Technique Spotlight/Audition Ringer (Tuesday, March 25).
Kristin Price is, as you probably realize, a terrific group teacher-- and I say this quite aside from the fact that she has been coaching me individually. I'll give a few examples as to what she does as a group teacher (and specifically, as a TS/AR instructor) that I think are exactly on target:
-Specificity. Everything from the topic of discussion, to the goals of the session, to the talking points and tips-- and, most importantly, the feedback on each person's audition reads, is extremely specific and relevant, and thus very helpful for everyone, whether reading or listening.
-Engagement. Partly because Kristin was very organized and kept a good momentum throughout, no time was wasted, and she was able to make sure that each participant had enough time to do enough takes to improve their read; most people got 3 takes, and even people that "nailed it" on the first take were challenged to do it differently the second time (rather than just praising them and moving on).
Additionally, Kristin had all of the participants play the part of "clients" during the AR, and submit written comments about the reads (many of which Kristin would share out loud) as well as select the winner in each category of read. This was a great way to engage us and get us to listen really specifically and critically to each person throughout the whole session (so it was less tempting to just practice the script while waiting for one's turn, and tuning out thereafter!)
-I'll note that in a couple occasions I've heard the TS/AR described as a setting resembling an actual audition, in which the instructor lets us know who would have booked the job in real life; Tuesday's session was the only one I've had so far in which this was implemented.
I've had TS/ARs with 6 instructors so far, and while I've certainly learned from all of them, I must admit that these above points (focused topics, specific talking points in the TS which we then try to specifically implement in the AR, specific and unapologetically critical feedback, enough takes to make improvement, a highly engaging 'real-audition' type setting) have not been the norm in the TS/AR sessions that I've been a part of.
I love the Edge group classes in general, and I hope my 2c are helpful: it would be great to see more specificity and focus in the TS/AR sessions-- and great to see Kristin on the TS/AR rotation more frequently!
If you have any questions about my feedback points, feel free to ask me for clarifications or further details. I don't usually give much written feedback, but wanted to pass along how much I'd gotten out of this particular class.