Don’t only teach your performers the lyrics and motions. Teach them performance etiquette. Here’s the rubric I use.

Concert Etiquette Rubric

4 = Student consistently stood still on stage, participating, not talking to others, watching conductor. Student’s motions never disturbed other students.

3 = Student mostly stood still on stage, participating not talking to others, watching conductor. Students’ motions hardly ever disturbed other students.

2 = Student was somewhat wiggly and/or talkative and/or did not consistently watch conductor. Student’s motions slightly distracted others in the concert.

1 =¬†Student was very wiggly and/or talkative and/or did not watch conductor. Student’s motions distracted others in the concert.

This is what I explain to the students:

Before the concert (during class), you will be graded on:

  • Effort

During the concert you will be graded on:

  • How well you know the words, motions & dance
  • Expression
  • Etiquette, which includes:
    • Watching me
    • Keeping your hands and feet to yourself
    • Staying quiet between songs
    • Standing still
    • Participating

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