I'd like to make a correction to the previous entry that says everyone will be performing 2 songs: Some students have chosen to share one piece, and that is more than okay! All songs are not created equal - some are longer and more difficult than others. So, I just wanted to clarify in case anyone was concerned. : )
Also, I want to address the issue of nervousness about performing. Being nervous is completely normal, and to be expected! In most cases, a small amount of nervousness is what provides the energy and focus to a performance. One of the best ways to alleviate feeling too nervous is to prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more! Here are some suggestions:
1) A student will be much less nervous about his/her performance if they know the piece inside and out. Recital pieces should be played or sung a minimum of twice a day.
2) I encourage singers to practice in front of a mirror in order to check their expression and body language.
3) I advise all students to make simple recordings of their practice sessions at home, and then learn from their recordings. "Is my performance too fast, too slow? What sections need more work? Does it sound energized or tired? How are dynamics?"
4) Also, I encourage students to perform at home for anyone who will listen!
5) Students should plan ahead what they're going to wear, and make sure they set their music in a place where it won't be forgotten!
6) Vocalists may want to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated before their turn to sing.
After this type of thorough preparation and practice, any student will feel more comfortable and less fearful about performing. The goal is to have fun and enrich other's lives with the gift of music!
I'm so proud of all my students, and the hard work they've put forth!