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5 Rules for Concert Performance Etiquette

One of the most important parts of learning to play the piano is finally being able to perform the music you’ve learned in concert. After spending months practicing a piece of music, it can be extremely rewarding to share all your hard work with family, friends, and loved ones. Below are 5 PianoCub tips to help your performance go smoothly.



1. Concert Dress


A concert performance is an important occasion that represents the culmination of all your hard work. Putting on dress clothes will make the experience of performing important and special.



2. Walking on and off stage


When moving from your seat in the audience or backstage to the piano, make sure to walk slowly and smoothly across the stage. No matter how excited about the performance you may be, it is important to not rush to the keyboard and seem hurried. It’s also great to smile at the audience as you walk and make them feel welcome to the music you are about to share.


3. Bowing


Before and after your performance, take a bow to show the audience your appreciation for their applause. When you bow, your legs should stay together and be kept straight and you should bend from the waist towards the floor. Your hands should stay put on the sides of your legs and as you bend downwards, your eyes and head should face towards your toes. If you’re wondering how long you should stay down there, count to “3” before coming up.


4. Hands on your lap


Before, in between, and after any of your pieces, your hands should be placed on top of your lap. Putting your hands on your lap is a way for you to communicate to the audience that a piece is about to start or that a piece has just ended. It is especially important when you have completed your performance that you do not skip this step before jumping up from the piano bench.


5. Have fun!


The most important part about performing is having fun! Sharing a piece you’ve learned with other people is about coming together and enjoying beautiful music. Always keep this in mind before taking the stage.




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