Open Mic Info

DCCN in-person open mics are still on hiatus, but we hope to return in a couple of months! Check this space for more information.



Helpful Hints for a Successful Open Mic Performance


1. Please have music for the piano player that is:
         -- Clearly readable from a distance of 24 inches

          -- Clean and flat with all the pages IN ORDER

          -- Ideally (but not necessarily) in a three-ring binder.


2. Clearly mark your music for any changes of tempo or key.


3. Have the music in the key you need. The accompanist is not expected to transpose on sight.


4. It is probably not a good idea to bring a song that only Rachmaninov could play on a first viewing! Always have a backup song that’s easier to play if the first is too complicated.


5. Before you begin, quietly sing a few bars in order to convey the tempo you want. Clapping or snapping your fingers can be off-putting.


6. With the advent of electronic devices, please don’t place a small screen like a cell phone or iPad mini in front of a pianist and expect them to be able to read it; much less scroll and play at the same time. Personal devices are fine, as long as the screen is large enough for the notes to be legible.


7. It is also a good idea to be somewhat familiar with the song. Reading from the sheet music or a lyrics sheet is perfectly acceptable, however not knowing the song can turn into an exercise in futility.


8. Do not let the music director take control of the song – he or she is following YOU and supporting YOU, not the other way around.