minstrel: aid for baby bards

Muirgheal leslyann at voyager.snetnsa.com
Mon Mar 10 13:48:46 PST 1997

(I'm not going to quote the previous messages because put together they are longer 
than this response is going to be, but for anyone who missed the earlier messages 
and wants to know what this is about: Scianna asked for advice on organizing a 
bardic workshop. Pendar responded that it should be free of criticism and consist of 
a general discussion group about bardic style followed by a bardic circle. Joshua 
responded that it should include individual criticism that would help people learn 
how to improve their performance.)

The difference in the previous responses to this question points out a more 
widespread difference in what people want and expect from a bardic workshop. And it 
points out the need for clarifying what type of workshop you are going to have. I 
think either of these approches could work, but either could also create problems if 
it is not what people are expecting. If people come expecting a bardic circle and 
then their work is criticized, you could end up with hurt feelings and even people 
who are too ashamed of their performance to want to perform again. On the other 
hand, if people come expecting to get individual criticism on their performance and 
don't, they will go away dissapointed at not getting the help they came for.

If you have the time and enough interest, I would suggest doing both. Once a month 
hold a bardic workshop where people give each other constructive criticism and 
suggestions, and once a month (seperately) hold a bardic circle. People who want 
more help can come to the workshop and people who want to perform without having to 
face criticism on it can come just to the bardic circle. As long as the criticism at 
your workshop is delivered politely, people are unlikely to be offended at being 
criticized if that's what they came for. It might also help with the size of your 
group, since more people are likely to be interested in a bardic circle and you want 
a larger group for that than you do for a workshop.

     Muirgheal Mag Raith
     (who hopes one day to have some excuse for considering myself a bard)

Name: Lesley Anne Baker
E-mail: leslyann at voyager.snetnsa.com
03/10/97     13:48:46

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