I can’t tell you how many times a student has told me, “Don’t worry Mr. De Leon, I will get into it at the performance.”
It is common for students to be shy about performing during rehearsals unless you get them used to it from the beginning. They always feel that when that day comes and they are on stage with thousands of people cheering for them, they are going to remember to perform. It’s not that easy!
When students as well as professionals get on stage many other thing come into play because of nerves. Trumpet players get dry mouth, string players hands sweat, singers forget words and the list goes on and on. If you do not practice performance, there is no way your students will be able to come up with gestures and positioning on the spot. This should be treated like every other aspect of practice and rehearsal. Students should learn performance techniques, posture, gritos, and how to use the stage and practice them all regularly.
Remember directors, we are setting our students up for success! Students should be focused and in performance mode during every rehearsal.
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