You have may have been to a musical performance whether an outdoor concert, and indoor concert, a church service, but have you ever thought about your class as attending a performance? No? Read on to find out how.
In this post, I'd like to discuss the importance of being an attentive and engaged member of our audience or class. At the Music And Language Learning Center, all of your teachers put in a lot of effort to provide you with a great learning experience in every session. This involves meticulous planning of the content, setting up visual aids or videos, structuring introductions to topics, and much more.
Ms. Kristine, myself, and our fellow music teachers often find ourselves in the position of performers when we play our musical instruments or, in my case, sing. In all these instances, our audience consists of none other than you—whether it's during our classes, at a church gathering, or within the walls of a concert hall. We sincerely hope that you will actively participate in this "performance" by being a stellar audience member. Your engagement and enthusiasm play a vital role in enhancing the overall experience.
You might be thinking that this will be a tedious lecture about the need for audience members to remain quiet, sit still, and focus on their own tasks during a class, among other things. Well, yes and no – wait, what?! If this isn't the mundane lecture, then what exactly does it mean to be a good audience or class member?
First, yes – it is important for you to maintain quietness and generally stay seated.
Second, no – we don't want you to feel bored or uncomfortable. So, if this isn't the usual lecture, then how can you become a great audience or class member? To begin with, here are a couple of effective strategies!
Be Present. You might be thinking, "Sure, my teacher takes attendance, but what's the big deal?" As educators and performers, our desire is for you to be present because you genuinely want to be there (I know it might sound a bit unusual). We understand that there are days when you might be having a rough time, perhaps a bad hair day or just a generally tough day, and you'd rather keep your camera off during class, except for attendance (or maybe you don't want to be seen in the audience at the concert), and that's perfectly fine.
However, when you do attend a class or a performance, we truly want to see you, and we hope you'll actively engage and become an integral part of the experience (just please, no unexpected stage appearances until after the performance). This brings me to another valuable tip for being a great audience member.
Be Engaged. As educators and performers, we sincerely want you to actively participate in the performance. During class, we encourage you to ask questions, respond to our inquiries, engage in activities, and attentively listen to our presentations. Some of my most rewarding lessons have emerged from a student posing an insightful question, sparking discussions in which all my students became genuinely interested. Did the class follow my original lesson plan? Perhaps not, but the engagement and shared enthusiasm in the discussion were incredibly valuable. As a teacher, I cherish such moments!
Similarly, as a performer, we invite you to express your enjoyment by smiling, applauding after a song, laughing, or even shedding tears if you feel moved to do so. As performers, we genuinely appreciate your active listening and the way you connect with and appreciate our artistry. Your response as an audience member means the world to us!
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