Ideas For Your Next Studio Performance

Big Dreams Concert Poster

 

So my studio concert is THIS SUNDAY! That is mainly why it has been so quiet around Kids & Keys lately. I have been deep in concert preparation mode. I decided this morning, though to take a moment to share some of what our concert will look like. Anyone who reads Kids & Keys most likely already knows that I prefer to give concerts than recitals. I believe that when most people hear these two words they see VERY different pictures of both in their minds. Here is what I believe they see:

Recital – Formal. Have To Be Quiet. Long. Only classical music. Itchy clothing. FREE. Boring.

Concert – Fun. Entertaining. Sing Along. Cheer for Performers. Purchase Tickets. Ability to get concert memorabilia afterwards. Wear cool fashions. Lights. 

I did not just make this up. Over the years I have collected responses and reactions from adults who had lessons as kids and these are some of the things they have said about their experiences. When I talk to adults about their idea of concerts this is what they said.

As a piano teacher who is interested in helping my students see the career possibilities in music performance I ask myself what is one thing that gets kids/tweens/teens excited about performing? I understand that not every student or maybe not even most students want to perform music professionally, but for the ones that do and for the ones who haven’t considered it certain questions have to be asked. When kids are learning to play a musical instrument are they envisioning themselves playing in a recital where everyone politely claps at the end of each song but doesn’t get to interact with the artist otherwise? Or do they envision themselves onstage like so many of the young pop stars they see on Disney Channel?

I am sure that my piano teacher friends can certainly weigh in on this! But before you do, please visit www.bigdreamsconcert.com for some ideas I am using in my upcoming studio concert. Afterwards, please come back and weigh in on the discussion.

By the way, if anyone is in the Atlanta, GA area this weekend please come be my special guest at the Big Dreams Concert! Tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

4 thoughts on “Ideas For Your Next Studio Performance

  1. This is so cool! Do you usually have a good turn out since you’re charging for tickets? How do you manage the money? I would love to do something like this in the Spring! We actually just had our concert this past Sun (12/14) and it turned out great! I know your little musicians will do well!

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    • Thank you! This is actually the first year that I have officially sold tickets. I am using the money to pay for the venue. They have a baby grand piano, stage with great lighting and theater seats. I see it as a way to give the kids more of an authentic concert experience with a professional sound tech as well. Any ticket sales above the venue cost will be used for studio supplies. As a bonus, I don’t have to clean up afterwards!

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  2. Great ideas!!! Do you have a good turn out when you charge? Do the proceeds go to your business? I would love to do something like this in the Spring but I want to be prepared to answer questions concerning where the money goes! I know your little musicians will do well this weekend!

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    • Thank you! This is actually the first year that I have officially sold tickets. I am using the money to pay for the venue. They have a baby grand piano, stage with great lighting and theater seats. I see it as a way to give the kids more of an authentic concert experience with a professional sound tech as well. Any ticket sales above the venue cost will be used for studio supplies. As a bonus, I don’t have to clean up afterwards!

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