Playing the notes vs Performing

We entered our Miss 10 into a performing arts festival – her first one playing on the cello!

She’s not on until next week.  The piece is pretty under control – she’s been playing it for a while.

But what we have been rehearsing on in the last few days is performance.  Walking onto stage, bowing, making sure she’s seated comfortably, thinking about the right tempo, making eye contact with the accompanist to make sure they’re ready, lead the beginning of the piece.   Then play the piece as she does.   Then once it’s over, holding the bow for a second before getting up and bowing and smiling.

I think we’ve got it across to her that performing is not just about playing the notes.  It literally is “performing”!

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