Dr. Tim on concert etiquette

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Concert etiquette is important as it shows respect for both performers and fellow audience members alike.   Musicians that pursue their craft in earnest grow to appreciate the hard work and just plain guts it takes to take the stage and carry out a musical performance.  When I taught middle school, we included concert etiquette as part of the general music curriculum and reinforced the concept at concerts.   A brief concert etiquette guide was listed on the back of concert programs, stating a few obvious points such as waiting until a piece is concluded if you must leave the room, and refraining from talking while the music is being performed.  When the Principal made his opening remarks to begin the concert, he would often draw attention to the guide.  This brief mention supported the effort of the musicians on stage, and pointed to the responsibility of the  audience to be courteous during the concert.   It effectively set the tone in the auditorium (or gym, or cafeteria.)

Here’s  a perspective on concert etiquette provided by MENC featuring renowned music advocate and motivational speaker, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser.

http://www.schooltube.com/video/858b15e7321144759d9c/Concert-Etiquette

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Kathy Fernandes
Kathy Fernandes is Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for J.W. Pepper. With her background as a school band director, studio teacher, and ongoing experiences as a flutist and mother of three musicians, Kathy is immersed in music. She continues to be involved in education by teaching middle school-aged students at her church and also serves on its Pastoral Council. Kathy advocates for a healthy musical culture by serving on the Board of the Music Publishers Association of the United States, as an industry representative for the American Choral Directors Association and through participation on the Corporate Advisory Council for the National Association for Music Education and the Support Music Coalition. Kathy is Secretary of Corporation for J.W. Pepper’s Board of Directors, is a Forbes Communication Council member, and is a former member of the Key Executive Group for the greater Philadelphia area.

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