Date: 26 nov
VENUE: Greenfield Park Care Centre
291 Myreside Street
Type of Performance: mixed special needs and elderly. Time of Day: 2.30
Length of Performance: 1hr 15 mins
No of Clients: around 20 plus 4 staff
1/ Environment relaxed, or otherwise appropriate performing music
The concert was in the dinning room, so the walls and floor were hard so I thought when I viewed it I wouldn’t need the PA as the room was pretty small. Overall it ws appropriate for the event.
2/ Techniques speaking, questioning, demonstration, verbal imagery, and use of musical aids
This was a quick set up and the clients were talkative so I was able to interact pretty well. There was one lady who I was told was leaving that day to go to another centre they decided to through a party for her.
3/ Communication Skills, movement, gestures, facial expressions, vocal inflection, eye contact, and other non-verbal communication
WHne playig there was plenty of interaction. This gig was little more difficult to capture the audience. The reason being is there was so much going on and the attention of the clients was hard to hold. I believe this is when it is a good idea to start walking around and interacting a little more. The only problem I had with that was that there was no room to do that. I decided that I would continue and do the best I could. I did feel I could have got a little more support from the staff on this one.
It was difficult to get really interaction except with the people in the front room. The lady that was leaving was really keen o get involved and was singing all the time and really made the concert as all the staff were laughing but I could see some of the resident not too pleased about that.
4/ Musicianship (standards, expectations, expressiveness, musical knowledge, correcting mistakes, and positive feedback)
This gig was a good learning curve for me on ensuring there is room to move about and that you can interact with everyone in the room. Without this there is a danger of lsing someone in the room and it not being a enjoyable experience for them.
Musical I believe I did a good job as they asked me back and asked if they could request me by name.
5/ Responses active vs. passive participation, musical, interaction with other clients and with the myself
This was a response and acive gig but not with everyone in the room as it was slightly over shadowed by some of the other residents which isnt a critsim, its purley the way this are in these circustances and there are ways I am sure that I will be able to learn to help make the concert a stronger success in my eyes or maybe it’s the case that im striving for too much, but I don’t think so.
1/ What was successful, effective, or made a difference for the clients?
I was able to keep spirits up and get everyone singing and id say 80% of the aundience felt involved. The difference was in the constant music as I laid off the stories in this one as capturing attention was more difficult.
This was a difficult concert to judge as there wasn’t any real feedback from the clients or real interaction other than the people in the front of me as I could move about due to space. There was some eye contact and facila gestures but not enough for me to call it a true succes, saying that the staff said they wanted me back as they really enjoyed it.
2/ Did you notice any problems? If yes, how were they addressed?
Not problems as such but I have learned that ensure that so te clients get a true musical experience it is important to set the room out correctly. Even if it’s the smallest space its important that eye connection is made and that you can get a moment wit the client and give them the best musical experience.
3/ What did you learn from this observation?
Three things from this show to improve on
Set the room out correctly
Ensure no one is left out
Make eye connection to enhance the musical experience.