Performances and listening
Performances can be organised in many different ways. You can play or sing solo or as part of a group, ensemble, orchestra, choir or production. The performance can take place at an event or at one of the music institute’s matinees, evening events or concerts. During a performance, songs rise to a higher level as does the playing/singing.
On average, each student should perform two times per school year, either solo or together with a group. Performances are a great form of social interaction. You can share what you have learned with others and gain constructive and encouraging feedback that helps you develop your skills further. Music studies also entail listening to other students’ performances. By listening to others, you can learn a lot about music and gain valuable insights that help you develop your own playing skills. You might even hear your next favourite song for the very first time at one of our student concerts. You should attend concerts outside our institute too, at least occasionally!
Practising at home
The only way to learn an instrument or singing is through practice. At the end of each playing or singing lesson, you will get homework. You should work on it rigorously. Practising just once or twice is not enough, do it as much as you can – every day, if possible! Sometimes practice may feel boring, but you should still keep doing it. If you practise regularly, your skills will develop fast, and the playing will become more and more enjoyable!
With practice, parents’ encouragement and support are also vital, especially for very young children. You don’t have to be an expert. Simply reminding and encouraging the child to practise will do.