Here For Students

Facilitating Performance -

Open Mics as Learning Tools

Students and parents, prepare for a shock!

A student can spend hours and hours practicing to get to a performance standard. He’ll do this until it is time to perform, only to find that 50% of his talent evaporates once he gets on stage!

Then he:

  • Makes horrible mistakes
  • Has his confidence knocked
  • And never tries to perform again.

He becomes a permanent, resident bedroom musician. (Who can’t play loud enough to actually enjoy himself without annoying the neighbours!)

Don’t let this happen to you, or your offspring! Have a read about my dream under the title of “Being Here For Music Teachers” after you’ve finished reading this.

Get your music teacher to join the Open Mic Movement. Learn the songs on our national curriculum to enable you to play with other musicians on stage in a casual and supportive environment. We advocate that improvers should gain live performance experience sooner rather than later. All songs can be simplified and can accommodate most abilities.

Look for our Open Mic Movement Improvers Sessions.

Gain valuable live performance experience.

There is a “national curriculum” of songs that we encourage music teachers to use as learning material. This in turn gives the student the best possible chance to get on stage with other students and musicians because they know the same songs.

Look for OMM music tutors near you. They support this getting-on-stage-to-perform-as-soon-as-possible idea. You’ll find them listed here on the website. If you find a good teacher and he doesn’t already know about the Open Mic Movement, get them to get in touch so we can help them. Or give them a link to this page.

Finally, if your music tutor or school, or academy has a page on our website, then we believe they are quality music teachers. They have fully subscribed to this “playing live as soon as possible” concept and they actively encourage students to play live at Improvers Sessions held across the country.

Note: OMM music tutors subscribe to “playing live as soon as possible”, but this doesn’t mean that it is mandatory for students to perform live. Some students only want to learn for pleasure after all.

Improvers Sessions

  • musicians are more intelligent than non-musicians – it’s fact. Watch why.

A Common Mistake Students and Parents Make…

Jason Mraz started playing live in coffee shops. We doubt it was easy, so our mission is to make it a doddle for people to perform live.

A common error that people make, is to neglect live performance. Students often think of “performance” last – and as well they might – for obviously, you need to be able to play an instrument to an advanced level first, right?


But even music teachers can be guilty of this. They often don’t think about the “art of performance” whilst pushing their students to pursue musical excellence. This is a mistake.

I learned how to play the accordion and then went out to play in pubs with an arranger keyboard and no clue as to what I was letting myself in for.

Suffice to say, I only really actually transformed from a learner to a musician, by performing live. I developed my musical ear by jamming with other musicians on stage..

Stephen Gritton

Relevant About Us Pages

Preamble and Lightning Fast Overview of The Open Mic Movement


Here For Publicans

The Open Mic Movement will make sure that at least one music pub remains open in every town. - Read More


Here For Open Mic Regulars

Look for pubs who have joined The Open Mic Movement.

These pubs have committed themselves to providing the best sound on stage for musicians, with the sole aim of making it a pleasure to perform. - Read More


Here For Students

Students and parents, prepare for a shock.

A student can spend hours and hours practising to get to a performance standard. He’ll do this until it is time to perform, only to find that 50% of his talent evaporates once he gets on stage! - Read More


Here For Music Teachers

Give potential students more incentives to become actual students! Join the movement and have students actively seek your services. - Read More


Here For Music Shops

Music shops can increase sales if they align themselves with The Open Mic Movement. benefitting from more custom, as venues seek out the best PAs that they can afford. Benefit from more instrument sales as our comprehensive plan for revitalising the music industry takes a hold and more music teachers and students join the movement.

- Read More


Here For Professional Musicians and Talented Newcomers!

Is this Open Mic Movement for you? We would argue that it is. Here is one scenario where it might work for you. - Read More


Here For Open Mic Providers

Can you provide a good sound system and keep musicians happy? Do you have a “musician first” policy? - Read More

Contact The Open Mic Movement

The Open Mic Movement
EN10 7LP

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