Instrumental music students get plenty of opportunity to practise playing their instrument/s, but they don’t often have the chance to actually perform with their instruments in front of an audience. Recently IMMS teacher, Wendy Armstrong, created an opportunity for her students to perform to other students in the school in a fairly informal way, which also had the side benefit of giving the other students the opportunity to learn a bit about their unique instruments too.
They chose the Music Room as a venue and Admin were asked to come to the percussion sessions to be their audience (as no music classes are operating during their lesson time.) A couple of parents who just happened to be at school for other reasons, dropped in as well. Later, students had to try to teach the parents how to play their instruments.
As Wendy said:
The idea was to give an opportunity especially for beginning students to play to a small and non-threatening audience as a first proper performance.
I asked Wendy for a comment on how the performance had gone and she said:
Some students were really nervous about their very first performance, however they rose to the challenge and were happy afterwards. The audiences were really receptive and positive.
Written and posted by D. Veary; Photos and video clips by Ms Helen