On a beautiful, warm May day at Old West Church in Boston, MA, EchoKids students came together to share their musical progress with their families and friends.
In total, we had 16 private lesson students perform songs on piano and ukulele. As young as 3 years old, students performed everything from the C scale to Beethoven's "Fur Elise".
Benefits of performing at a young age
Our bi-yearly recitals are a significant part of our music education curriculum. Regardless of a student's musical aptitude and age, we believe that the simple act of playing an instrument on stage in front of strangers has significant positive effects.
Many children enjoy performing! For many, children do not have the fear of public speaking/performing that is developed as they grow into self-conscious young adults. By creating a positive atmosphere, we encourage children to continue to perform and combat performance anxiety.
Performing builds confidence. The reaction from parents, friends, and even strangers in the audience gives children the confidence to not only continue learning music but to pick up new skills and know that they can succeed with hard work and patience.
In addition to the students performing, EchoKids mentors performed two songs together: "Riptide" by Vance Joy and "How Far I'll Go" from Moana. This mentor performance is important because children (and families) get to see the skills they are building from a different perspective and see what it's like to perform in a group. Additionally, students were able to see and hear instruments that they are not yet learning (such as the viola), thus increasing their musical horizons.
At the end of the recital, each students received a trophy with their name on it to celebrate their big achievement. Plus, not a single child cried or ran away from the stage! In fact, most were eager to perform.
Following the recital, mentors and families took photos together at the photo booth section that we brought to the recital.
Thank you to all of our students that performed and all of the families that show support and patience throughout the year. We can't wait to see everyone at our December recital!