Music Recitals Foster Development
Music lessons are not just about learning to play an instrument, writing music or singing songs. They also foster children’s development. One of the many tools that music teachers use to facilitate physical and intellectual growth in their students are music recitals. Performing in front of other students and teachers can help young learners with overcoming stage fright, gaining confidence, setting goals and managing time. Not all children are excited about participating in recitals. Parents and teachers can encourage them by explaining the benefits of public performances.
Fighting Stage Fright and Building Confidence
Recitals give students a chance to demonstrate their talents to their peers and family members (which can be a nerve racking) but they can also be an opportunity to prepare for future similar experiences such as public speaking and school presentations. Practicing public performance helps young learners cope with stage fright, and successfully conquering nerves creates confidence in their future endeavors.
Planning and Goal Setting
Goal setting is an incredible skill that can serve students for the rest of their lives. Having a scheduled public performance can help children learn how to set realistic goals, manage their time and plan out their practices. Seeing goals come to fruition can result in a renewed sense of enthusiasm and motivation in their musical journey.
Learning From Peers
There are a few things more motivating to students than to see their peers perform. When watching more advanced students, they get to hear pieces that they might enjoy playing in the future, see more advanced technique first-hand and experience the pride that comes from becoming proficient at an instrument. They also have a chance to reflect on how far they’ve come: watching younger students perform reminds children of the gains they have made and motivates them to continue to progress.
– Victoria Mullens, Assistant Director