As a musician, as a teacher and now as the owner of my own school, I’ve been forced to ask myself this important question. BMFs mission clearly emphasizes process. It’s what happens between point A and point B that is more important than just getting to B in whatever way possible. With a thoughtful, well executed, fun process, a teacher can nurture a love of music and a lifetime desire for growth.
So if its more about the journey and less about the destination, why play shows? Why tack on something that in most people’s eyes is so destination driven? The answer can be found in what I call The Four C’s.
There’s nothing like playing in front of an audience to highlight what skills are strong and what needs work. With this, when you dive back in, you can reflect on the show to direct the next part of the process. This reflection is crucial to honing your craft as a musician.
Music brings people together in a very special way. As a result, shows are a unique shared experience. Whether it comes to BMFs teachers, students, or families of students, building community is a huge part of what we do and shows are simply an extension of that.
Getting on a stage can be terrifying. The lights are beaming, every sound is amplified, and all eyes are on you. Being able to use the skills you’ve learned under those circumstances is a major boost of confidence. No matter how well you execute, the simple fact that you got up there and tested your new skills is accomplishment enough.
My favorite moment at shows is when a child just got off the stage and is beaming. They have been through part of the journey, they have worked hard, and they feel amazing about themselves. Their parents hug them, their friends cheer. Their work has been celebrated by everyone they love.