CONCERT ETIQUETTE TIPS
Concert etiquette involved behaviors that help the performers do their best and help the audience
(you) enjoy the performance. The rules for a concert are different that the rules at many other
entertainment places. Please take a moment to review them with your family, as they will help in
ANY concert setting.
1. Arrive early so you can get a good seat, calm down from a sometimes hectic drive, get children
seated, read the program and settle in for a great performance. Arriving late disrupts the
performance and other audience members. If you are late, wait to find your seat during applause, or
in between selections or groups.
2. Turn off your cell phone and pagers. The noise they make (ring tones and talking) will disrupt
the performers and the friends and family who are there to see their child perform.
3. No eating or drinking. Food isn’t allowed in performance places as it often results in spills that
can ruin the floor (or instruments). Eating sounds and crumpling of bags will also disturb
performers and audience members.
4. If you must leave the performance for a break (bathroom, etc.), try to do it during applause or in
between selections. The sound of feet on a gym floor and squeaking doors will be disruptive to the
audience and performers. It is also visually disruptive, as the audience will focus on people moving
on the performance floor, instead of the performers.
5. Keep younger children seated next to you. Allowing them to run into the performance area is
disruptive to the performers and audience. If kids become fussy or start crying, take them outside
immediately. Remember, everyone in the audience is there to see someone very special to them and
wants to enjoy their child’s performance also.
6. Applause is greatly appreciated. Whistling, shouting, calling out names; these are not allowed (It
really hurts some people’s ears!). If you want to show how much you enjoyed the concert, you
may raise your hands to clap, or if you were really impressed, you can stand up and clap (standing
ovation) when the entire group is finished with their selections.
7. Take pictures before and after the performance. The flash will impair sight line and viewing of
the director. Students may lose concentration and start making mistakes. Video cameras are
generally okay a school concert, though not acceptable during a professional concert.
8. Though it’s often very difficult, try to sit as quietly as possible with your feet on the floor.
Resting your feet on the chair in front of you could be an irritation to the person sitting there. Also,
you could accidentally leave a shoe mark on the person’s clothing. If you have longer legs, you
might try to get a seat on the aisle (arriving early would allow this to happen).
9. It is polite to stay for the entire performance. Sometimes there are emergencies, but by staying,
you are supporting all of the performers and their hard work. Everyone has the group or child
they’re wanting to see, but by leaving early, you can disrupt other audience members and give a
message to other performers that they aren’t important. Remember, without people coming to see
performers, none of our arts (school or community) would be successful.
By following these tips, you will help support your child. This will encourage him/her to do the
absolute best, and help others to enjoy the performance.
Enjoy the show!