I was at music rehearsal last night at church and during the run-through, the leader decided to upbraid the choir for not having their parts memorized. It felt like when someone else is getting a scolding at school - or a spanking - but it's not you. There's the sense of you could be next.
Now we don't work off scores - or very rarely do. Most of the time we get lyrics with chords written above them and are expected to "pick it up" from recordings. I might be naive, but I don't think you can expect too much from that. Especially vocal parts.
I'm the bass player - one of a few - and have invested thousands of $$$$ and hours of time to learn and study and buy my instrument. But I'm eternally frustrated with this situation. The band is expected to have a professional quality to it but we are not given professional leadership. The leader is a singer, and has had choir training, but she must have forgotten the staff and dots that were used in her training. You know, music?
I haven't confronted her about the situation, because I'm not sure she will hear it. It's one thing if every avenue has been utilized to make sure people have what they need to learn - like music, audio files of their parts, and practice time. It's something else - something abusive - to expect people to know without being taught. That's not right.