- Attend Daytime Performances
Professional orchestras recognize the profound impact concerts can have and offer special daytime performances for their youngest audience members (infants welcome too!). With so many concerts that start early in the day, when children are alert, it’s easy to have the best possible musical experiences!
Concert Pick: The Houston Symphony presents Once Upon a Time
Saturday, April 27th
10:00 and 11:30AM
- Know It’s Okay to Depart Early
For young children, or those just beginning to attend orchestra performances, it’s better to leave at intermission than to overstay and end the night on a grumpy note. When children still want to hear more as you leave together, you help them maintain their newfound love for listening. Turn up classical favorites in the car on the way home and start counting the days until the next show!
Concert Pick: The Houston Youth Symphony Winter Concert
Stude Concert Hall at Rice University
Sunday, February 10th
$15 General Admission, $10 Students (18 & Under)
More information: http://www.houstonyouthsymphony.com/Concerts/Concerts.html
- Set Expectations
Children do well when they know ahead of time what they’re going to experience and how they should react to it. Giving a primer on expected etiquette helps children be their best selves the day of the concert. You can even attend a youth orchestra performance and help your child mirror the awesome audience behavior they’ll see on from the other families there!
Concert Pick: Your Local High School!
Middle and high schools with orchestra programs generally offer at least one orchestra performance per semester. By attending these events (which are often free), you’re supporting the performers and their teachers as well as giving your young child an example of how they too could play one day!
- Preview the Music
The easiest way to make a classical concert exciting for anyone, regardless of age, is to preview the music (in the car, at home) in the weeks leading up to a concert. Better yet, choose a concert with familiar movie themes and listen at home to help build excitement for the upcoming performance!
Concert Pick: The Houston Symphony presents Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™
February 1st at 7:30PM
February 2nd at 2:30 and 7:30PM
Lauren Alexandra Haley is a professional violinist, violist and teacher. A performance graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Haley is the founder of Lauren Haley Studios, which enrolls young musicians on both violin and viola and currently maintains a waiting list.
Haley’s book for parents of young musicians, Kids Aren’t Lazy: Developing Motivation & Talent Through Music, debuted at the #1 New Release spot in 10 Amazon categories in June 2018.