"Music festivals (and sporting events, speaking contests, honour rolls, etc.) prepare children to be champions in life." - Julie O'Shea VanSpall
Participation in piano festivals are highly encouraged. Not only are they a great goal for students to work towards but they also give students a chance to hear their peers perform. It
opens their ears to so many different interpretations of songs and teaches them that music is subjective.
Festivals help students develop their performance ability, build confidence, and cope with their nerves. They learn to be respectful of other performers and realize that one person's opinion of their playing does not define their ability as a musician.
Students have the opportunity to participate individually and/or within an ensemble.
If you are interested in putting your child in a festival, please notify your teacher.
Still not convinced? Read this great article by Julie O'Shea VanSpall, mother of four students at Twilight Sound Studios, on why she puts her children in music festivals.