How an adult approaches performance, and even the very reasons for performing publicly are very different as for a young student. Issues of age and "knowing better" get in the way of performing successfully. Whereas many adults may shy away from solo performance as something done occasionally or not at all, many adults will have a strong desire to perform in an ensemble. In any community there are many adult ensembles, often at different levels, into which an adult student may aspire admission.
KMI Recitals: Our general approach to adult participation in a recital is NOT to plan for it, but instead to participate if something is ready. Usually, the student will reach a point of memorizing and mastering a piece, and the faculty will say, "There is a recital in two weeks, wanna play that piece on it?" At that point, there is usually no reason to say "no" because the piece is already learned. After the first recital adult students will continue to participate at least annually all the years while taking lessons.
There are many community orchestras and bands, at several different levels of difficulty. Adult students should aspire to participating in at least one of these organizations, and possibly more as they advance.
North Pittsburgh Philharmonic: Performs four times a year. Entrance requirements are very minimal, and they perform some of the most popular classical works (Beethoven Symphonies, etc.)
Church Choir: probably the single most common and important musical activity for the average adult is participating in their church choir. Attending one weekly rehearsal and singing every Sunday for church is fun, rewarding and a wonderful social activity. Better singers will even be asked to sing solos. Special music for the holidays is always more exciting.
(THERE ARE MANY MORE ENSEMBLES THAN APPEAR HERE, AND THEY WILL BE ADDED AS WE HAVE TIME TO UPDATE THIS PAGE.)