Now that you’ve written the script, and selected and rehearsed all the musical selections, what do you need to know about actually performing your presentation in front of the students? In the third installment in his series, Gary Race takes you through the final process, step by step.
Three sessions will get your presentation polished. The first involves practicing the script itself, and getting all the details in place (where did I put that garden hose??). The second involves blocking the show – getting the stage directions figured out. Gary recommends making a diagram and even using a rubber ball (in rehearsal) to identify who has focus during different parts of the show. Now you’re ready for the dress rehearsal, preferably with a test audience of real children!
Finally, Gary discusses all aspects of the performance itself: how to set up your space, how to introduce yourselves, what to wear, and how to handle Q & A sessions. And of course, it’s important to constantly assess your own performance from all angles.
If you follow all of Gary’s suggestions in this series, you should be able to develop and present a first-class instrumental educational experience, while thoroughly enjoying yourself in the process. Educational ensemble performances should be fun for both you and the students!Read More