What's the difference between "rehearsal" and "practice?"
I think these are used interchangeably but "rehearsal" for me is when you're preparing for something that will be presented to an audience. What do you think?
You are correct. Practice is what you do every day with something. To rehearse means to perform in advance, like practice, but not.
Practice is when someone is practicing something on a regular basis. For example, I play the piano. When I take up a new piece, I have to practice it for weeks and months before I can feel good about being able to play it in full. A rehearsal is the final piece practiced before a show or a concert. I hope that helps?
Excellent distinctions, rlaha. Thanks for answering.
I was going to say basically the same thing except I don't play anything.
I think practice is a continuous and routine work, while rehearsal is a sort of preparation before performing something.
Practice is what musicians do to get the music as close to perfect as they can.
Rehearsals are similar.
The term for rehearsal is generally used for a group of musicians, like a band, choir or orchestra. Practice takes place in rehearsals as well, when the conductor goes over and over a certain section of music.
Ah, thank you for this answer, TheCranberryBarn. Now I understand why the choir director uses "practice" because her goal as a musician is to get it as close to perfect as possible. The "rehearsal" definition very helpful.
You're welcome. I'm a retired Band Director, so it was interesting to read the confusion in your question. Sometimes we use the terms interchangeably!
The way I look at it, practice is the honing of your craft even during downtime, like playing the piano at night just to improve your skills.
A rehearsal, on the other hand, implies an upcoming performance of some description and is simply the act of matching the skills you've been practicing with what said performance requires, like learning a particular piano tune in time for a chorus concert. There is also the implication that you might be doing this with your peers, with whom you'll be putting on this performance.
Rehearsal is the pre-performance or dry run while practice is the daily routine which should be done to master the role you are assigned.
Practice is done alone or with others. At home, in a park, in a car, anywhere.
Rehearsal is done with a group before official performance.
I believe that the difference between “rehearsal” and “practice” is that a rehearsal is a “concert” without an audience and when you practice, you are practicing for the rehearsal.
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