Every May and December concerts play an important part in the development of any musician. Performing is always optional and not mandatory. I am a big believer that concerts need to remain positive and lots of fun. In addition to having a positive concert experience for our students, we open the perform up to ALL for our students and encourage them to be part of the planning process. Here is a list a 10 things we have students be in charge of:
2. Student may pick a costume to match their song title(s).
3. Students may use props and costumes
4. Students may enter the back of performance hall in character; do a skit
5. Students may have parents, siblings, grandparents, perform with them
6. Students may perform more than one song
7. Students may sing while performing (some instruments)
8. Students tell us where they want to be on the program
9. Students do not have to perform, but are encouraged to.
10. Students can compose their own concert songs
As you can see, I use the name "concert" instead of "recital" in my title. Why? I had noticed many years ago that many parents were still thinking that "recitals" meant that you had to dress up, memorize your music, and play classical songs. Therefore, they were not signing up their children to perform. However, after I spoke with several parents, I decided to change to "concert" and make the performance experience more innovative. So, for the past 29 years, the academy has only offered fun and entertaining concerts. After concerts, many students will come up to me and already be sharing their ideas of songs and characters for our next concert. Santa has even come at the end of our concerts and hands out candy canes and is available for photos. A big surprise for the students.
Along with changing our name to concert, I love to watch the creativity my students think of when it comes to concert time. No concert is the same! Close to showcasing and having a talent show. Having the students think of their own songs, and if they want to wear a costume or not, allows them to keep their own experience fun.
Therefore, keeping the student involved is having some students carry their performance experience into their homes by putting on weekly, or monthly concerts for their grandparents or friends. That is why it is important to have them involved with every step of the performance; they get to see how to put on a concert and be able to use at home.
Another thing I would like to see more of is family involvement. Not the most popular in our concerts, but highly encourage. In today times, many families are involved in too many electronics. There is not enough family time at home. Therefore, I encourage families to play music together and create their own skits and songs. Does mom or dad need to play an instrument? No. Does mom or dad need to sing well? No. Just be involved in their child's ideas and even be used as a prop/character is good enough. Many smaller siblings have lots of fun being big brother/sisters helper. When I was a young child, my siblings and I would think of titles, costumes and design our concerts at family get together. And, those memories still live inside me today.
Look for our spring concert photos in the upcoming June 2013 newsletter. Also, check out the past concert photos on our webpage: www.adapianoacademy.com.