Practicing to Perform

Our spring recital is in just a few days, so in our last piano lessons of the school year we are preparing for the performance. Hopefully at this point my students will have their pieces pretty well polished, so I am planning to spend the bulk of the lesson time reviewing how to give a confident and professional presentation.

Natalie from Music Matters shared 6 helpful Performance Signs. I printed off the signs and stuck them in sheet protectors. During the lesson we will put them in order and discuss each point, and then practice it. Here is a breakdown of each point:

Approach to Piano
1. Smile
2. Walk at a steady pace
3. Walk with good posture
4. Keep your chin up!

Arrival at the Piano
1. Enter on the left side of the bench
2. Adjust the bench

Performance
1. Wait a moment/gather thoughts before beginning
2. Remain focused while playing
3. Ignore any mistakes and continue playing

Completion
1. Finish gracefully
2. Linger a moment after the last measure
3. Exit on the right side of the bench
4. Smile

Bow
1. Smile
2. Bend at the waist
3. Keep arms hanging loosely at side

Return to Seat
1. Smile
2. Walk at a steady pace
3. Walk with good posture
4. Keep your chin up!

Thanks to Natalie for sharing such a great teaching resource!

If we have time, we will also do the Performing at the Piano Worksheet from Joy at Color in my Piano.

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