If you are a parent, and your child has ever learned a musical instrument, danced, practiced gymnastics, gone to speech and drama classes, or even just gone to school, the chances are you have been to an end-of-term show.
Huge time, effort and preparation can go into them. There are often big numbers of children involved, with plenty of parents required to look after them.
From the teacher’s point of view, they are an opportunity to showcase the work done during the year, to show parents what the students have been learning, and perhaps to show prospective parents what their children could learn next year.
From the student’s point of view, they are an opportunity to get up and perform in front of a crowd, often in a new environment, with more of an incentive to get it right than usual.
Lots of positive things for everyone.
There is a trap here however, and some teachers know it, which is why such effort sometimes goes into these shows. It’s easy to assume that if our child is in a really polished, well-rehearsed show that they are getting great tuition. Not always the case however.
When it comes to the arts, and indeed many other subjects, a good teacher helps a student to understand the subject. A good teacher encourages creativity and independence, and a good teacher will help the student have fun while they are learning.
A good director will put on a good end-of-year show. Know the difference.