Practice Performances

Starting this fall I will be holding regular Performance Classes throughout the year to provide students more opportunities to perform. Each student will come prepared with one or two songs to play then receive feedback on one technique or one section in the song they can continue to work on. Afterwards we will do a group activity together that involves either playing a fun music game or sight reading easy duet music. I will provide snacks and drinks and the performance class is open to students of all ages.

I enjoy these classes because it creates a sense of community among my students and it motivates them to see other students working hard at improving their skills on the violin. These classes give students an opportunity to practice performing in a relaxed and supportive environment.

While students are sitting and listening to each performance, they are instructed to make observations about each performer and work on active listening. They can observe a player’s bow technique in the right hand, placement of fingers in the left hand, intonation (pitch), rhythms, vibrato, contrasting dynamics, musicality and expression. I tell students to come willing to learn something new from each performance they hear.

The Performance Classes are spaced out throughout the year so that each class takes place two months before and after a recital. Regular performing opportunities will encourage students to continue improving upon their last performance. They can practice calming their nerves and dealing with stage fright so that hopefully when it comes time for the recital, it won’t feel as scary!

Look out for more information about our upcoming Performance Classes in September, January, March, and July!

Sophia Hsiao

Sophia has been teaching violin privately since 2013 and has enjoyed learning more about how to help her students reach their musical goals. See her biography here.

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