Is Your Face Alright?

In Japan, where the school year begins in April, March is graduation season. The school where I work is having its graduation ceremony on Monday. On Friday the choir was practicing singing Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring" to sing at the event. The music teacher was not happy with the students' expression while singing the song. At one point he told them: 顔を見るだけで聴きたくないんだ。 For those who don't read Japanese, what he said is: "Just looking at your faces I don't want to listen to your singing."

This made me think of my post the other day about developing that special something in your group. What I mean is that your facial expression is just as important as playing the right notes and dynamics and is another thing that can give your performance that little boost, setting it apart from the mediocre. If your face looks bored, your audience will probably be bored. On the other hand, if your face reflects the feelings of the music, whether it's happy, sad, intense, then you will captivate your audience and they will feel the music with you and have a much more enjoyable experience.

So if you have started video taping your practices, like I mentioned in this post, then another good thing to pay attention to would be the expression on your face.

1 comment:

parents said...

I'm sure you are aware of this but, I think one needs to be also aware of the difference between having a stage presence that communicates how much you enjoy what you are doing and having a silly grin pasted on your face. My favorite example is watching Andre Watts play the piano. He is having so much fun that he literally is singing along with the concerto he is playing - seemingly almost unaware of the audience but he pulls you right into the music along with him. I don't think it's something you can manufacture overnight.