Today, I am heading to Marlow with the 5-8th grade band students who are going to solo contest. Should be an interesting trip 😉 Talk about taking bravery to a whole new level. I know as I have 3 Jr high students!!! I’m very excited for those who are competing for the very first time. Solo contest is a great experience for kids and not just on a musical level. It builds self confidence, a sense of self worth, self esteem and bravery.
Unlike playing with the group or on a team, solos put you in the spotlight and on display, and is NOT an easy thing to do. No matter how amazing or not so amazing a student does, PLEASE NEVER tear down a student for it. Constructive criticism in where you help them is one thing, making fun is something completely different. Just getting up in front of a judge and/or a crowd should always be commended.
SO, good luck today students. I hope you all get superior ratings. And even if you don’t, I’m super proud of you anyway!!!
………………To be continued