Music performances are a great part of playing music and being a music student. It is important for the development of the student to participate in music concerts. This helps them learn to deal with pressure and nerves, and helps them learn about themselves. As a teacher, it is your responsibility to ensure that your student is ready and confident to perform. You can’t always know what your student will do in the performance, however, you can equip them with everything they need.
When you become a music teacher, the focus is no longer on you and your own playing abilities, it is now on the student and their playing abilities. Parents look to you in order to prepare their child correctly.
Below, I will discuss How to Have a Successful Music Performance.
It is important that you as the teacher has the date for performance far in advance, or that the student has had her music repertoire for a good period, that they are confident in their playing of the piece. Ensure that you communicate to the student that you would like them to play. Tell them which instrument, which pieces and the date that they will be playing, especially th
After you have decided on the specifics, let your student know what you expect from them and how much they need to practice. Tell them the result of what will happen if they do what is required and the result if they do not do what is required.
Dedicate Enough Time to Practicing
This is by far thee most important point of a great performance. Students need to have a regular practice schedule. The maximum amount of practicing should be every day, however, not all students are this enthusiastic. In this regard, practicing 5 times a week is sufficient. If a student practices less than 4 times a week, the chances are slim that they will perform excellently.
For beginner students, they can practice 15 minutes a day. For grade 1 students they should practice 30 minutes a day and the practice time increases the higher your level increases. You could, however, begin with 30 minutes, so that students get used to playing for the same duration of time. If 30 minutes seems too long for kids, they can break it up into two 15 minute practices.
Practicing techniques will ensure that the student does not play their music from start to finish and repeat that several times. That is not effective practicing and it is quite monotonous. Instead, they should play the piece from start to finish and identify which places they are struggling with. After they have identified these places, they should practice only the bar they are struggling with for a few times. They should also play the notes slowly and repeat it a few times.
In order for students to get the correct tempo of the music, they should practice with a metronome. This is a small device used to keep the beat of the music so that students don’t play too fast or too slow and it gives a steady tempo, so that students don’t rush the music.
Remember to always practice slow, and only afterwards practice fast. Never learn music fast, always first learn slowly, this will help you make progress much faster. When you play fast, you don’t learn the music properly.
Always play SLOWLY
When it comes to the performance, students are filled with nerves and pressure and they may make mistakes where they have never made a mistake. It’s all part of learning how to have an effective music performance. When students are on the stage, there is a 90% chance that they will play their music piece much faster than they usually practice. The result of playing so fast causes them to stumble over their fingers and music, hopefully they can keep up with the tempo and have a good performance.
Sometimes, however, especially for a first performance it can get too much and the student may end up stopping in the middle of their piece, struggling to find their place. Then they feel embarrassed for not playing so well and it can all go South so quickly. T
hey may end up quitting playing their instrument which is quite disappointing to do.
Therefore, it is good to always tell your student to play slowly, especially on the day of their performance, unless they are playing a fast music piece.
Performances are Wonderful
Remember that not all students are performers or want to be performers, however, you should give each student the opportunity to perform, with their permission, of course. Don’t push any student to perform if they do not want to; it can put them off from playing their instrument.
I thoroughly enjoy performing and I enjoy it when my students play well. The important things to remember to have an effective music performance, it to plan well, practice regularly and effectively and always play slowly in the performance. Students may just discover that they love performing.
Remember, if your student has a poor performance, don’t be hard on them. Sometimes, the pressure gets too much for them and they become nervous and then they just cannot perform. In the same breath, don’t let them quit from performing ever again. Sometimes we need to get over something by doing it again and being better prepared or calm ourselves down more next time.
One of my students had a poor performance and I was so shocked by it, because she plays so wonderfully with me, but in the performance, she just couldn’t play well. She could barely even finish the piece. This can be so heartbreaking for students. So be sure to encourage them after their performance and tell them how proud you are of them for being so brave. And let them know that next time will be much better.
I wish you all the best on preparing your students for performances, and yourself is you are the performer.
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