Students from Meridian High School traveled to Tri County Public Schools to sharpen their musical skills for the upcoming District Music Contest with feedback from judges at the 2017 MUDECAS Music Contest.
Patience Buck, Music Educator at Meridian High School, explained that she saw a lot of growth from her students during the contest and that she is proud of their efforts.
“This gives kids a chance to get the nerves out before the District Music Contest,” said Buck. “It gives them the understanding of what it’s like to perform in front of people. My students are doing very, very well. I have several kids with pretty high anxiety, and they tend to be a bit shy, but they’re all doing solos today, which is huge for them. There’s been a lot of personal leaps forward that happened today that I never expected would happen. It’s been a phenomenal experience.”
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Buck believes it is important for her students and her to receive feedback on the performances so they can use that information to better their works.
“I think it’s really important, especially with ensemble, to get that feedback,” Buck said. “You work with these kids for a long time and think that they sound really great, but I’m also a bit biased. The judges here give great feedback and point out what we should be listening for in the performances to make them better.”
Another important aspect of the MUDECAS Music Contest, Buck explained, is that it gives students and teachers a chance to network and to see how other schools handle their performances.
“Students have a really good chance to meet other kids and talk with them about music,” said Buck. “I think that’s important because it gives them the chance to see what’s going on in other music departments as well, and let’s them network and build relationships.”