Monday, April 04, 2011

Talk To Your Audience

Knowing how to talk to audiences is vitally important these days, and I'm a firm believer that every concert should have at least some kind of spoken component in order to engage with those who have made the effort to see one perform. My latest article for the Music Teacher's Helper blog looks at the reasons for talking when you perform and how your audience can connect with you in ways that they might not if you only kept silent during the course of your program.


  1. Anonymous1:00 AM

    I agree with you, but oh, alas, how I wish this were not so...feels like everything has to be tv style entertaining or dumbed down these days.
    Murray Perahia, Andras Schiff et al don't have to do this...people just go to enjoy a feast of music....

  2. Yes, but some of us need to take wine-tasting classes before we can enjoy the fruits of the vine ;)

  3. Chirs:
    Being real is long overdue in the field.
    Myra Hess spoke to her audiences, in Carnegie Hall, as warm and personable as though we were in her living room.

  4. Chris - You are welcome for the links. I just wanted to come in & apologize for spelling your name wrong-
    a reminder to me: "proofread" everything!

  5. Anonymous3:42 AM

    personally, i "speak" much better to my audience through my music and introversion makes public speaking a hardship. a barrier is present between me and the audience when speaking, but there is no barrier when playing...there the connection is real and intense.
    i do envy those who can speak as well as they play...

  6. Being able to speak in front of an audience is definitely a learned skill.