Please observe the following courtesies that are being taught to our music students so that everyone may enjoy the performances:
Concert Etiquette for Parents written by MENC
(Music Educators of North Carolina).
Some of these are funny, but so true!
- Plan to arrive on time. If you do arrive after the performance has
begun, wait outside the auditorium/gym until a break between selections to
enter the concert hall (or in our case, the gymnasium) :)
- While you never want to leave during a concert performance, emergencies do sometimes occur. If at all possible, wait to exit the hall until a break in the performance or until a place where it will not interfere with the overall performance.
- Take your cue form the performers or from the conductor when it comes to singing along or keeping time by clapping or stamping the feet. It is usually best to wait for an invitation for such audience participation.
- As a courtesy to the performers as well as to other audience members, cellular telephones, beepers, and pagers should remain off during any performance. NO TEXTING!
- When young children attend formal concerts, they learn to be good audience participants. Crying, chattering and otherwise noisy children, however, should be removed from a performance immediately and should return only if such behavior ceases.
- Applause is what affirms to the performers that the audience is enjoying and appreciative of their efforts. The conductor and any guest soloists are applauded when they walk onto the stage. Applause for the music is held until the end of each selection or until the end of the entire performance, when the conductor turns toward the audience and bows.
- Catcalls, whistling, or other loud audible noises are best reserved for athletic events and are never appropriate at formal concerts.
- Enjoy the performance!