Are You a Good Audience?
Part of learning to be a good music student is the learning of good listening and audience habits at a concert. Parents are strongly encouraged to revisit these tips with their kids every recital. Here are some tips for getting your student ready to perform:
Being a Good Performer
The biggest area that I would like you to emphasize is the approach and departure from the instrument. Kids often feel nervous and pressured, so I encourage you to practice this in your lessons this week, so that each student looks like they are under control. A practical reason for this is our video process, which does need to be adjusted from student to student, but it is good practice for being a better performer in general.
1. Approach the instrument not too quickly, and smile like you own the world. Take a measured bow, then sit down.
2. Be comfortable at the instrument, make sure everything is where you want it – it is your performance, and you can take whatever time you need to set up.
3. Before you begin, take a good, deep breath. This act alone can relieve tension and nerves to a high degree.
4. Play your piece the way you want to, and the way you imagine it.*
5. When you finish, bring back your million-dollar smile, and take a bow.
6. Walk away from the instrument, not too fast, like what you did was something you do every day, no problem.
*Most people don’t know what you are playing, the only way they’ll know if you make a mistake is if you let them know by making a face, a noise, stopping, twitching, etc. I usually recommend smiling like you are pleased, and did exactly what you wanted to. Fool the audience!
Being a Good Audience Member
1. Try to treat everyone the way you would like to be treated, imagining what it would be like to perform.
2. If someone looks a bit shy, a little extra applause will help them feel good about what they are about to play.
3. If someone looks at you before they play, give them a smile! It will make them more relaxed and happy.
4. Be sure to clap for their effort when you are done, or clap a lot because you really liked what you heard!
5. If you want to go the extra mile, you can always go up to a performer in person (no matter what their age), and tell them how much you liked it – they will be so impressed that you took the time to make the extra effort.
RE-REGISTRATION & SUMMER
We will have our re-registration and summer program instant registration available at the recital. Please complete this to guarantee your fall spot and to get a spot for summer programs (lessons & Camp). The form is also available at the front desk now, until Saturday, May 18th. As of May 19th, people may take any spot that is available, and/or switch times.