I have always loved throwing a great party. However, unlike many people, I enjoy planning the parties even more than I do hosting them and mixing and mingling with my guests. While I enjoy decorating and preparing food to serve my guests, my favorite aspect of a party to plan is the entertainment. I have hired DJs, live bands, and even magicians. While many people think that magicians are just for children's parties, I have a favorite magician who never fails to entertain my group of adult friends. I love party planning so much that I decided to create a blog to share my party planning tips on with a focus on party entertainment!
If you're a local musician who is always seeking new ways to play in front of crowds, approaching a school and inquiring about performing at an upcoming assembly might be of interest. School assemblies often involve this type of outside entertainment, and it can be a good way for you to entertain the students while also raising your profile — perhaps you offer music lessons or maybe you're hoping to advertise for an upcoming performance that you have in the community. When you're performing at a school assembly show, you may need to tailor your performance slightly. Here are some points to remember.
Tailor Your Performance According To Age
While the school's administrators will definitely want to make sure that your performance is appropriate — and you may even need to provide an audio or video recording of a past performance in advance — you should carefully assess the ages of the students who will be in attendance. Playing for second grade students is dramatically different than playing for those in the eight grade, and you want to ensure that your songs and your between-song diatribe suits the ages of the students.
You probably don't want to just perform your music on your own. It's far better to involve some or all of the students, as doing so will help the group at the assembly to be more engaged. Failing to involve the group may cause younger students to get bored and older students to act out. There are lots of ways to get students involved, whether it's telling them the words to a song's chorus that they can sing with you, or even supplying rudimentary instruments and having certain students join you on the stage to play with you.
Ensure That Your Message Gets Out
Unless you're performing solely to entertain the students at the assembly, you want to be sure that your message reaches the students — and their parents. If you have a children's concert coming up and your assembly performance just offers a few songs to get the children interested in the hopes that their families will buy tickets, have flyers printed up that you can distribute at the end of the concert or leave with teachers to hand out in their classes. You want the flyer to get in the hands of the children's parents in this case, so having a catchy and informative flyer and stressing the importance of passing it along will be important.