I had a great couple of days recently. I went to the Hot House Summer Gala weekend which is run by the Hot House Music School my son goes to. There was real musical talent on show, but I also saw some fantastic examples of a few of the elements that I think help to build a great team.
Supportive environment and mentoring
Students start at the music school from junior age and frequently stay until they head off to university – many to study music and become professional musicians. The older and more experienced musicians are expected to help the younger, less experienced students. They act as role models and mentors. They willingly provide help, advice, guidance and support to those who need it.
For the Gala weekend there were also two guest bands. Some of the guest students joined the Hot House bands and were integrated with just two short rehearsals.
Skills development and progression
The school runs many different styles of bands which cater for all levels of ability. Everyone is encouraged and supported to progress. The musicians develop their skills individually in their music lessons outside the bands. They then come together to practice and improve as a whole team. As the students develop they are invited to progress into more senior bands which require a greater level of ability.
Stretch and confidence-building
Band members are encouraged to go outside their comfort zones. From an early stage they are picked to do solos without warning, and their improvisation skills are developed. As well as playing their instruments, students are encouraged to sing and dance which they may be uncomfortable at first. Ultimately, this builds a great level of confidence in the young people.
A key aspect that clearly stands out to me is the enjoyment that comes across from the students in the bands. If things don’t quite go to plan, solos go slightly wrong, the saxophone squeaks a bit, it’s all taken in a light-hearted way. There’s no blame. Lessons are learnt, there’s a bit of banter, and everyone moves on.
Teams need leaders who inspire them to achieve and are enthusiastic about what they do. They must create an environment in which their team members are motivated to perform at their best. The leaders of Hot House (Jon and Stu) are exemplars of this. They ‘walk the talk’ and between them seem to be able to play almost any instrument available. Their enthusiasm is infectious and this rubs off on the students. The level of engagement is fantastic to see.
So, in summary, if you’re leading a team, think about how you can
Seeing how my son has developed, from both a self-confidence and musical ability perspective since joining the Hot House team about five years ago has been fantastic.
If you’d like to find out more about Hot House Music Schools have a look at their website. www.hhmusic.co.uk
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