Sesaya specializes in music and arts education.
For my family, this is Performance Week. We have 3 children, and they have been preparing all year for year-end recitals and performances (1 at our own studio, and 3 at other dance and theatre studios where they take lessons). By some weird synchronicity, all 4 culminating performances fall into this week. Monday was the awesome Dance Surge recital – an event filled with real energy and pride, great costumes, inventive choreography and inspired performances. You could truly tell that these students had been pushed to be their best, and that they felt genuine pride in demonstrating how far they’d come and what they could do. Friday is our Sesaya studio year-end recital, featuring piano, guitar, vocal and ensemble performances (and also, to the delight of the students, featuring a great spread of post-performance food). Saturday morning, our 3 children take the stage with dozens of others at another dance recital… and Sunday afternoon, 2 of our children are performing on-stage with their drama classes. (Throw in for good measure Thursday’s end-of-year Girl Guides banquet at one venue, Cub Scout BBQ at another, and a school music night, and you’ve got a logistical nightmare and a marathon race all in one).
Parents everywhere get to experience their children’s end-of-year performances at this time of year, and hopefully with just a little bit stress than our week-to-end-all-weeks. At Sesaya, we believe that the year-end showcase isn’t really about perfection and nailing every note. Though we love it when our students do, for us, the recital is really about demonstrating — and acknowledging — progression, growth and enthusiasm. Whether it’s on the piano or the stage, when your child performs this spring, applaud wildly, praise them for their performance, and make sure they know how proud you are. Equally importantly, help them to recognize the things they weren’t able to do when the year began, but now can. Help them to reflect on the distance they’ve travelled. We believe that our students’ true learning comes from taking the journey, regardless of the destination. It is about striving for a goal and developing an “I can” mindset, rather than being limited by an “I am” mind-set. It’s the strategies they develop to help them progress, and not the goal they progress towards, that they will carry with them as they move along, in music and in life.
Help them reflect. The pride and the confidence you build will motivate them to continue their performance journey next year…or give them confidence to take a whole different route…
© 2013 Arpita Ghosal, Sesaya