||The Art of Concert Going
Children are not born knowing how to be a part of an audienceit is a learned behavior. The following are some helpful hints to offer children a better experience:
- Listen to a recording of the performer in small doses several weeks ahead of the concert so children are familiar with the music.
- Children can be better participants if they have been to the restroom, are well-fed and rested.
- Try to enter and exit the auditorium between songs, during applause. It is less distracting, not only to the audience but also to the performer.
- For safety reasons it is important that dancing and movement be done in the space of your seat.
- It is necessary to have at least one adult to every ten children in your group. Every group should have at least two adults--one to help with trips to the lobby or restroom.
- Be considerate. If a child is not comfortable with the experience, it would be appropriate to leave and not disturb the rest of the audience.
- Children may not appear to be actively engaged in the music, however, they are participating through observation and will probably be able to do a play by play the next day.
- Buying a recording at a concert is a way to relive the experience. You might also have an opportunity to have it autographed!
- Concert going can be a positive way to spend time together developing a lifetime interest in the arts.
--by Heidi Thumlert