Advice for New Performers
As the pianist releases the final notes of the piece, the audience bursts into enthusiastic applause. The player stands and takes a bow…
It’s a code of conduct that we tend to take for granted – but one that should be taught and practised as part of performance preparation.
Because I try to cultivate a friendly, non-competitive, informal atmosphere at my student concerts, I have not always been careful to make sure that new performers understand the importance of “stagecraft”, and the essential place of taking a bow in order to receive and acknowledge audience applause.
I have been trying to address that by giving students a “mock performance” experience in their lesson, including teaching them how to bow. Here is a quick summary that supports that practice.