On March 25th, KDF Music Connections will be presenting its first recital of our students. My students are diligently practicing their recital selections, and I am preparing them for the daunting task of performing for an audience.
I have been leading students through this process for 35 years. There is one common theme at every recital. The students get so upset at the wrong notes that happen during a performance. Making errors is the norm! Nerves will get the best of us, and mistakes happen, often in places where a student never makes a mistake. The student believes the performance was a disaster.
On the other hand, the audience is listening to the overall performance, not every individual note. Often, a listener is unaware that a performer has made a mistake.
I have taken many students to the puzzle at KDF Music Connections. I ask them to find the flawed puzzle piece. It has yet to be found, even by musicians! I have to show the student the mistake. Performing is the same! No one hears the little flaws but the performer. The audience indulges in the overall sound and beauty of the music. Keep that in mind as you prepare for your next performance.
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Kay Darby Finch has been teaching music since moving to Southern Maryland in 1985. Her passion is working one-on-one with students of all ages. In addition to private teaching, Kay has led several church music ministries and owned a St. Mary’s County music store with her late husband, Harry Darby.