Resources for students and their families
What’s a “Spring Studio Showcase”?
The David M. Glasgow Spring Studio Showcase (DMGS3) is an annual opportunity for my students to gather together and show off the progress they’ve made over the past year. Family members and friends are encouraged and welcomed to attend—attendance is free, and free nursery childcare is provided (though if you expect to bring a child who will require nursery care, please let me know in advance).
When and where is this year’s DMGS3?
DMGS3 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the UUCV Meeting House in Boiling Springs. I expect the event to run about 2 hours—you should have time to stay and socialize over snacks after the event for a bit and still be on your way by 4:30 PM.
Are there special rehearsals for the DMGS3?
For the last 7 days prior to the Showcase, all lessons will be held at the event location (see this page) instead of at my home studio or at The Perfect 5th. This allows pianists to work on the actual instrument we’ll be using (a Yamaha GC1, that happens to be my favorite piano in the world!), and vocalists to practice with the sound system.
Vocalists will also be scheduled for a quick rehearsal earlier in the day on the day of the Showcase, so you can run your piece with the band before the audience arrives.
What’s the decorum for this event?
The DMGS3 is about having fun and sharing our work together. Some students enjoy dressing up and “making an event of it”; others would feel awkward and self-conscious if they felt they had to wear clothing that’s outside their usual comfort zone. I will be wearing my trademark blazer-and-jeans combination; I encourage students and audience members alike to be comfortable and enjoy the event!
In some studios, students are expected to prepare a spoken introduction for each piece they perform. While I may request this of students who are preparing to enter college performance programs, I usually include necessary program notes in print form. This allows for a more streamlined event and takes some stress off my young performers!
May I record the performance?
I ask that you not try to record the performance in any form, video or audio. I contract professional audio and video engineers to create neatly produced videos of every student performance, so that friends and family can enjoy the experience live rather than through their smartphones! These professional video clips will be available on my website within a few weeks after the event, and I’ll contact each performer with shareable links as soon as they’re ready!
Other than performing, what should students be prepared to do?
In order to keep things flowing smoothly, each student will have an assigned seat in the front row(s) of the space—students should look for their names when they arrive. As the audience applauds for the prior student, you can then move forward to the piano or microphone and get ready to amaze us! After you’ve performed, you’re free to return to “your” seat, or simply go back and sit with any family or friends who may have come to support you!
Sorry. You mentioned “snacks” earlier?
Yes, I did. It’s become a tradition for enthusiastic and generous parents to channel (some of!) their nervous energy into helping provide refreshments for after the Showcase. So if you have a killer brownie recipe that you’d like to show off—for some reason the taste of powdered lemon bars is deeply tied to my memories of childhood piano recitals—please let me know when you complete your Showcase Planning Form!
Resources for the band
Band players, see this page for your resources.