Composers have always intended for their music to be performed live
In the days before we had smart phones, computers, TVs, or radios, a common form of family entertainment was to spend time around the piano performing and singing with one another and with guests.
Even today, people will spend hundreds of dollars to see a music artist perform songs live, when they could have spent twenty dollars buying their album and listening to the recordings.
Why do they do it? Because there’s just something magical about listening to live music. And there’s also something magical about performing it.
Every year at Le Piano Academy, my students participate in an annual piano recital. I hold these recitals because I firmly believe music students need live performance opportunities. Here’s why…
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As parents, we want our children to be confident. Performance opportunities help your child to develop confidence in themselves both as a musician, and as a person.
When a child plays in front of an audience, their confidence will grow. And it will get an additional boost when they receive applause at the end of their performance. Don’t believe me? Just look at the smile of this student’s face when she receives applause from the audience. It’s a magical moment.
These confidence benefits also apply to teen and adult piano students.
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Practicing Goal Setting & Preparation
You can’t perform in front of an audience without doing some preparation first!
Knowing that they’ll be performing in front of an audience tends to give children, teens, and adults the motivation they need to prepare for the big day. (Particularly when the audience will be full of 100+ people as it is at our annual recital.) This means your child will be more likely to develop good habits of goal setting and preparation as they practice to perform – habits that they can carry with them into other areas of their life at home and at school.
Preparing For Piano Exams
Performance opportunities are also great preparation for piano exams. After all, if your child can play in front of a crowd, it will be a lot easier for them to play in front of a single examiner.
The preparation skills your child will learn when preparing for their performance are also similar to those they need when preparing for a music exam. For example, you don’t leave your practice to the last minute in either situation.
Helping Shy Students
One of the things I love about seeing my students perform live is getting to see my shy students come out of their shells and shine. There are no opportunities to be shy when you’re performing.
Of course, in order to ensure that a student enjoys this benefit, it’s important that their teacher and parents help them to mentally prepare for the big day with plenty of encouragement and psychological preparation.
Special Family Moments
Live student performances also create beautiful family moments. Little kids in particular love showing off their skills to their family and friends, and parents and grandparents love watching their child share their talents with an audience. If you film your piano recital, you also have a great memento for a family to treasure.
There aren’t many performance opportunities out there for children, teens, and adults who are learning to play the piano. Although some of my students have the opportunity to perform in competitions, most do not. That’s why I hold a piano recital each year – so my students can all enjoy the benefits of performing live.
Have you or your child ever performed the piano live? Was it a good experience? Share your story in the comments below.
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