Does A Videotaped Music Recital Assist A Student?
I remember when I was in high school and had to give a demonstration speech. It was videotaped. Right from the beginning, I hated the thought of having to demonstrate something in front of both my class and a camera. It made me nervous, just like performing music in front of people may make a performer nervous. The minute someone puts a camera in front of you, that performance takes on a new dimension.
For the first time in years, students from Fretmentor’s weekly bluegrass class in Jupiter, Florida were videotaped in recitals. In the beginning of this 8-week session, groups were selected and one song was chosen randomly out of a hat. The groups had 8 weeks to practice either individually or with the group as a whole. It should be noted that all groups work on approximately 20 songs that are originally arranged by Fretmentor. So students are all working from the same versions and arrangements for each tune.
This group has made great strides over the past couple of years. I recall some earlier classes where one of my students advised me that she was sick to her stomach all day, while thinking about performing in front of others later that night. I also had a student who told me that he performed in rodeos throughout his life without any problem but the mere thought of playing music with others, made him nervous. Not only are the latest students performing regularly in front of others, they had the courage enough to allow themselves to be recorded, so they can actually see and listen to the results. As a teacher, you can only think of this is a great learning tool.
Fretmentor has its own You Tube channel where the videos can be listed as private, so only those receiving authorization can view their performances. This adds comfort for those who are somewhat apprehensive about being exposed to the public via the internet.
Share Your Thoughts …
I would like to hear from both the students and others about their experiences with having to perform a recital that is videotaped. Was it hard to do? Did it make you nervous or uncomfortable? Do you believe the experience will make you a more confident player while performing in front of your friends or the general public? Did you learn anything from the experience? Please share your experience with us by commenting below.