In the spirit of “Go Play!” my students are presenting an informal performance tomorrow night. I try to schedule these “coffeehouse” performances monthly so what’s so special about this one?
Well, I realized today that every student who’s performing has had less than two weeks to prepare their piece(s). Most of them have had less than one week. Granted, they are playing familiar Christmas tunes, but nevertheless, all fifteen of them will be getting up in front of an audience and playing…and not one of them has hesitated or mentioned the word “nervous.” In fact, if it weren’t for scheduling conflicts, there would have been over twenty students performing at The Music Studio tomorrow evening.
What can be gained from this seat-of-the-pants performance?
- Students are learning how to take a piece from sight-reading to performance quickly, a skill that will come in handy if they are called upon to accompany or perform on the spur of the moment.
- The performance is a chance for them to share their music, not a performance to be judged.
- The pieces aren’t polished, so the performances are spontaneous and some may be almost improvisatory.
- The students will listen to their peers and get a taste of the sense of community that their friends in band and orchestra feel each time they rehearse or perform.