To Perform Or Not To Perform, That Is The Question
This past weekend we had our first Community Concert for the 2017-2018 school year. We had a decent turn out of students who wanted to play their Halloween pieces for the residents of a nursing home. But we had a few students who were afraid to play and decided to skip the concert.
I totally understand this impulse to not perform. I’m afraid of making a mistake just like my students are but guess what? I also performed at the concert! I dusted off a Beethoven Sonata that I had learned when I was doing my grade 8 eons ago and played it. Did I make mistakes? Of course! Did I let it show? Nope. Did I have a good time? Absolutely!
So here are some of my best pitches for students who don’t think they either can perform or are too scared to try.
- There is nothing better than the immediate feedback from an audience- they will clap and make you feel amazing for all of the hard work you’ve put in!
- Everyone makes mistakes, the magic is to not let anyone know you’ve done it! And the audience doesn’t care if you made an error- they are more interested in the whole package - the song that YOU prepared to play!
- If you are afraid that everyone knows that you made a goof - think about how many people in the audience actually know your piece and even if there are a bunch who do, how many of THOSE people are playing the piece in your concert?
- When you practice at home no one but your family knows the pieces you are learning - if you play for others then a whole bunch of people get to hear you!
- Sharing your music is one of the ways you get to make someone else feel good! Check out the audience after you’ve played and you’ll see a lot of smiling faces!!