The Seven Deadly Performance Sins

A successful performance is not about the mistakes. It’s about the whole”show”.

Preach What You Practice

7 deadly sins picAll sorts of things can go wrong in a performance. A cockroach can scuttle across your pedalling foot (this has happened to me). The music may fall off the stand (this has happened to me). A blood blister on your cuticle may burst during a glissando (you guessed it, this has happened to me).

But no matter what happens, as they say, ‘the show must go on’. What is the reason for this? Why do you have to keep going no matter what?

Because it’s not about you. It’s about the audience, and their enjoyment of the music you are playing. As a performer, it’s your job to make sure their enjoyment is not interrupted.

So here are, in my opinion, the Seven Deadly Performance Sins:

1.   Drawing attention to mistakes

If you say ‘oh sorry’ while you’re playing, or start again, or suddenly slow down during a performance, the…

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Concert Time!

Right Note  Once again it is student concert time.  A great event that enables students to show off what they have learned and also for them to learn new skills.  Mark your calendars – Sunday, March 29 at 3:30.  Please check your email for further details.

There will be a silver donation held at the concert with all monies received going towards the Special Olympics!  “Special Olympics Ontario is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with an intellectual disability through sport.”

Making Memories for a Positive Performance

Steps to successfully prepare for a memorized performance.

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IMG_2720 Last spring’s recital had a beach theme–can you tell?

Apparently I’m not the only one scarred by a horrendous memory black out during a recital. Riding home with fellow adjudicators from a nearby Federation of Music Clubs Festival, I discovered that others have endured unforgettable and traumatic experiences where the memory bank crashed during an important performance. As I’m preparing my students to participate in a local Federation festival that requires memorization, it’s critical for me to equip performers for NOTHING but a successful experience. I do not wish to pass along my personal past performance scars to anyone.

Playing for an audience is already risky but playing from memory for others including adjudicators could be equated to walking a tightrope.  If performers are going to tip toe on that high wire, it’s important that a safety net is below ready to catch them when, not if mistakes occur and…

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March Concert

What a wonderful concert given by so many talented students!  I am so proud of how well they all performed.   Three tied winners were announced for our winter practice contest – Congratulations go to Kenny, Jayden and Jerimiah!  Get ready for the Spring Practice contest – you could be a winner too!

Thank-you for all your support for Camp Quality.  Our music community gave generously in the Silver Donation and raised $144 for the cause!  Thank-you for all you donations.

600 students and staff doing the cup song

A great summer activity as a summer camp or rainy day family fun!

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If you haven’t heard of the cup song, just ask a student and most likely they will not only be able to tell you about it, but show you how to do it. At camp this summer quite a few of my students already knew how to do it, but many did not though they were familiar with what it was. It was a fun rhythm activity to do. When I came across this video, I just had to share it! 600 students and staff all doing the cup game at the same time. WOW! What an experience that must have been.

Click here to watch the video. Enjoy!

 

P.S.

Don’t forget tonight is the deadline to enter the SightRead Plus iPad app giveaway!

 

 

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