Not long after one begins studying music, performance is brought up. Performing can be intimidating, but it also has the potential to be a very joyful and rewarding experience. Here are some reasons why we love to watch our students continue to grow and advance with each performance.
We see it all the time. Preparing for performances allows students the chance to choose a song they really enjoy and spend the time to master it. Mastery itself is an important skill when learning an instrument, but it’s also a huge confidence boost. Students love to know that they have achieved something concrete, and it’s a quantifiable way to see how one is improving in their music journey.
Students must be able to set goals for themselves when they intend to perform. Setting goals is not only an integral skill in music, but it’s also a skill that all people must develop in life! The student must be able to manage their time and put in the work to really get their song performance-ready. As teachers, we often see more growth in a students’ music journey when they have chosen to do a performance!
Music has been enjoyed in a communal setting for hundreds of years. Research has actually shown that participating in a musical experience with other individuals builds and strengthens social bonds. There is undoubtedly a shared energy between audience and performer. This is why we still have live concerts despite the fact that music is more available than ever with streaming services such as Spotify. Think of your favorite musical memories; my guess is one or more has to do with a moving experience you had as either an audience member or the performer.
PMA students perform twice a year: an informal recital in January and another at the end of the school year.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso.
No one would argue that it is important to give to others or deny the fact that doing so can bring great joy to both parties.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”-Victor Hugo
When we give our music away, a very personal thing to give away, we are giving both ourselves and the audience a meaningful gift.
I can still remember performing with my mother at recitals. Being able to play and sing duets was an important part of my musical experience. We even played in a couple of orchestras together. Performing always gave me a boost to keep striving, keep playing, keep sharing music with others. I am thankful I can give music away, and in doing so, bring comfort and joy. I try to hold these memories close when I perform to remind myself of the awesome power music can have when you share it.