Performing in front of people is a terrifying idea, be it a presentation in the boardroom, a speech at your best friends wedding or playing a song in front of people at your recital. So terrifying in fact that the mere mention of playing at the recital will send many students into a fear spiral of negativity and despair. So why do we ask our students to perform? Why do your parents seem so keen on encouraging you to play when you are so dead set against it? The answer is easy, the benefits greatly outweigh the negatives.
Overcoming your fears
Many people have the fear of speaking or performing in public and yet at some point in our lives, we all need to do it. Speaking at your daughter’s wedding, addressing your team at work after a successful campaign, fighting and undeserved traffic ticket in court. At some point in your life you will be asked to get in front of a group of people and talk The people who seem to enjoy it or are really good at it are no different than you or me, they just have a lot more experience doing it. Unfortunately one of the best ways to overcome this fear is to just ‘do it’, get in front of people and speak or in this case play your instrument
A sense of satisfaction
We have all had that experience of working on something for a while and really wondering if we are improving or worse wondering if all the effort was really worth it? Fortunately, most of us have also had that euphoric feeling of a job well done, that A+ grade after studying all week, the compliments on the meal we just slaved over or that high five from the boss after killing the presentation. After working on your music every day is there any better reward than the cheers from the crowd as your last note dies off.
A goal to work towards
Why are you playing an instrument? Why do you practice every day? What is the point of all this work? A recital gives you a specific reason to practice a defined timeline to work within, and a measurable result that is both attainable and realistic. This SMART goal might be all that is needed to help you realize the ‘what, where, why and how’ questions and the motivation to keep practicing.
Music takes a long time to master
As we progress songs take longer to learn, our skills and abilities don’t develop as quickly this can be very frustrating and be discouraging for even the most dedicated student. A recital can provide a mid-term objective to work towards that can really help you specify and define your progress. It also gives you realistic short-term target to reach so we see small attainable goals with short timelines rather than the marathon journey of mastering an instrument.
Display your hard work to the world
Performing music is an important part of the learning process and showing the world what you have learned is just as important for you as it is to your friends, family and loved ones. You work hard every day and you deserve the chance to show that work off to the world so everyone can see just how far you have come. When we watch you perform at the recital and look back at the video from the recital the year prior we can really see the leaps and strides you have taken in the last year. This is important for you to see because all too often we don’t really appreciate just how much we have improved by comparing the videos or hear what our audience has to say.
Recitals are important. They are important for the performers, for the teachers and the parents who encourage them and they are important for our future selves. They help build character and life skills but they also prove to ourselves all the things we are capable of doing if we put our minds to it. Yes I know they are scary but the benefits certainly outweigh the fear. Give it a try and sign up today.