Elementary, Orchestra, or Band music concerts will run smoother and the concert audience will have a better experience when these three tips are in place!
Quick Tips for Improving Your Music Concert
Work on the transitions between the performances!
This is so important! It can make or break the flow of the concert. As we know people hear with their eyes first! The audience will perceive not just the music-making but also what happens in between the pieces. Carefully think about how your would transition from one piece to another. If you need to re-set the stage at the concert, try to minimize the time waisted in these transitions.
Prepare your students for everything beyond the music during the concert!
This is key to having a better concert experience! It is true especially when preparing concerts with younger students. In order to have a good concert experience, the students need to know and feel comfortable with all aspects of the performance, not just the music itself. They need to know exactly where to sit/stand, what to expect and how to behave before and after the pieces. The younger the students at your program, the more you would need to focus on the aspects of the performance that are “non-musical”. The students will naturally get a bit nervous. They may act confident in class. The stage will bring different sides of students’ personalities.
In order to ensure a smooth run of your concert program, the students have to rehearse everything that will happen on stage from beginning to end. Make sure you practice how the concert will start, where and how the students would enter on stage, what the students will be doing between the pieces. I like being done with the actual musical rehearsal about three to four classes after the final concert. The last rehearsal then are dedicated to concert etiquette and practicing final touches.
Think how and when to introduce the pieces. Script the concert introductions If you are a novice teacher, practice those before the concert. Many music directors also have students introduce some of the pieces. This is a wonderful idea. It gives the students more responsibility and provides opportunity for leadership and public speaking skills. Make sure that these students practice the concert introductions in front of class before the concert.
I have seen a lot of student concerts with wonderful performances where these three tips were not taken into consideration,. The result is parents loosing focus during the transitions of the concert. Make your holiday concert a great one!
May Your Concert Season Be Wonderful and Stress Free!