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Perform for Peers

Etiquette Inspectors

Etiquette Anti-Race

  1. Demonstrate really poor concert etiquette by running up to the piano, slumping over, getting up as soon as you finish and scowling your way back to your seat. Ask your students to point out everything you did wrong and make a list of what a good performance looks like.
  2. Have each student practise their performance manners by:
    • Walking nicely to the front
    • Taking a breath and smiling
    • Thinking before they begin
    • Playing just the last note of their piece (pretending they’re finished the full piece)
    • Getting up calmly
    • Smiling and bowing to the audience
    • Walking back to their seat
  3. After each student, ask the others to point out anything on the list that they missed.

Performance Practice

  1. Put everyone’s names into a hat twice: once written in blue pen and once written in black.
  2. Students take turns to draw a name from the hat to decide who performs next. If they name is black that student must perform their full piece, if it is blue they repeat the etiquette demonstration.
  3. After each performance, ask the other students to point out any missing etiquette elements or tips they can give on the performance.

Observant Supporters

Introduce TAD BAM

  1. Write the word TAD BAM vertically on a board or big sheet of paper so that everyone can see.
  2. Tell the students this word is going to help them to be great listeners and ask if they can guess what each letter stands for:
    • Tempo
    • Articulation
    • Dynamics
    • Beat (and rhythm)
    • Artistry (including technique)
    • Mood
  3. Discuss what each one of those means in other words so you’re sure everyone understands.

Performance Practice

  1. Put everyone’s names in one hat. This will be the “Performance Hat”.
  2. Put everyone’s names twice in another hat. This will be the “Feedback Hat”.
  3. Students take turns to draw a name from the Performance Hat, and then that student performs their piece.
  4. After each performance, the performer draws two names from the Feedback Hat. The first student must say something they enjoyed about the performance, and the second must say something which can be improved.
  5. They can use TAD BAM to help them, but no one can say they refuse to give feedback – there’s always something!