The Sage Music ACT-E Performance Standards
In any music performance, performers should always ACT well. That is, they demonstrate Accuracy, Confidence, and Technical Control.
- Accuracy. The student performs the rhythms, pitches (including intonation), dynamics and articulations as written. They play the music accurately.
Accuracy results when a student has a clear understanding and memory of the music they are performing.
- Confidence. The student is confident and is not excessively nervous. He or she has a belief that they will perform well and has positive feelings about performing.
Confidence results when a student is well prepared. Getting there can take more effort than some realize. But it’s better to be over-prepared than underprepared.
- Technical Control. The student plays with technical control, good posture, and a healthy and efficient technique. They use their body well.
Technical control results when the student understands how to use their body properly, and develops good habits of movement through regular practice.
You’ll notice that these developing standards relate to a positive use of your mind, body, and spirit – maintaining positive feelings around performing music. It’s a holistic approach to music performance that your Sage Music teachers will help you to develop.
Developmental Performance – playing with Accuracy, Confidence, and Technical Control (ACT) – is the minimum standard for all Sage Music performances.
However, students should advance to Expressive Performance (ACT-E) as soon as possible. This is where performances become really exciting!
In Expressive Performance, students exhibit Accuracy, Confidence, and Technical Control plus artistic Expressiveness (ACT-E).
- Expressiveness. The student plays the music with musical, artistic, or emotional expressiveness in front of a live audience. They communicate something more than “just playing the notes”.
Expressiveness results when a student knows a piece well enough through Development Performance that they have the ability to concentrate on artistry and to connect with the audience.