Christmas Concert (for Adult Pupils), First one!
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Christmas Concert (for Adult Pupils), First one!
Oct 9 2009, 12:17 PM
Joined: 24-February 09
Member No.: 56975
I'm holding an informal little concert in early Dec for all my adult students (for a whole host of reasons, I'm keeping it to adults this time).
As I've not done this before, I was wondering what the best approach is - my pupils know and some have signed up, some are dithering; Some are already working on the pieces I think they'll play, but with most we'll do a new piece. None of them have 'officially' decided which piece they'll play.
I'm thinking about getting it all sorted over the next week, making sure the pieces are not at the edge of their standard, and maybe having a little 'performance workshop' or two a week or so beforehand if I think it will help the more nervous ones (and most of them are nervous!).
They're mostly beginners, so I don't think it will be a very long concert! I have 15 adults, and I'm sure not all of them will come - so what are your thoughts:
Will it be silly to have just a 15min concert?! I think it'll still be fun, but I don't want them to be too disappointed...what's the shortest 'concert' you've ever hosted?
Should I double the length/performance involvement by doing duets with some/all of them? Or will this end up putting them under more pressure (and poss me too - will have to buy a duet book or two etc)
Is it unfair if some perform twice and others don't?
I guess I'm just a bit nervous to be honest! Both because it's the first time they'll all meet each other, and may wonder why I don't have more advanced students (especially if my few gr5-7s don't make it and it's just pre-grade 1 people!), and because the space issues means that there are some logistic things - although I teach on an acoustic piano, they'll perform on a clavinova as it's in the bigger room; seating will prob be pretty 'cosy'...should I move the clavinova so it's side on to the audience? (instead of currently - the performer would be facing the wall!)
Still I'm committed to doing it, even if only 3 turn up! (and more than that have already said yes). I have this lovely image in my head of it being a nice evening, cheese and wine, chance for them to feel supported by each other and get the excitement and satisfaction of playing in front of others...
Oct 9 2009, 01:57 PM
Joined: 26-November 08
Member No.: 46163
I think your ideas sound fine.
I think playing duets is fun - reassuring, as kerioboe says, that something sounds good. If they're pre-Grade 1 don't buy regular duets but choose regular beginner books that have accompaniments - they sound great.
Some of my pupils play two pieces, some three, nobody questions it - I think only one is a little 'skinny', one and then an easy piece with you would be good.
I always turn the piano/keyboard so the pupil plays with his back basically to the audience but at an angle, so you can see the piano keys and hands and part of the face - the same as a concert pianist. It looks best and is also reassuring (they're not looking at the audience).
Short concerts are best (especially at this level) - I'm not sure I would even invite the Grade 6s if all the rest are pre-Grade 1.
Make sure you give a little speech at the beginning, a motivational 'anyone-can-learn-whatever-their-age' sort of thing. And have drinks and crisps or whatever afterwards - the social side is vital. (And do a running order - people like to know).
Oct 9 2009, 02:18 PM
Joined: 23-November 07
Member No.: 20272
It is nerve racking at first Dove - but I'm now on my 3rd annual concert and I know everyone enjoys playing, even though of course adults are more nervous than the children. They are always pleased that they've got up there and done it. If it's all adults there will be a huge mutual respect and feeling that they are all in the same boat.
I think its a great idea - also to create a sense of community as your adults will get to meet each other. Some of my adult pupils now go for regular coffees together as a result of meeting each other, which I think is great!
I don't think it really matters how many pieces each person plays - if a couple of pupils have a few ready then why not!
Short concerts are no problem at all - I think it's good when an event is concise and to the point for a change so many go over the top!
I usually give information about achievements over the year and little anecdotes from lessons etc while the pupil gets settled at the piano etc.
Yes you should definitely play something yourself - my pupils now ask me what I'm going to be doing. It shows that you are prepared to get up and do what you have asked of them & you can also inspire them!
Good luck (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)
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