Many classical music concert-goers
tend to dress up a little to go to a
concert. Even if you don’t come in your
formal-wear, you might want to avoid
wearing anything too grungy.
It can be difficult to know when to clap
at a classical concert. That’s because
some musical pieces are broken up into
sections, called “movements.”
It can be tempting to clap between
movements, but audience members
who follow good concert etiquette only
clap after the last movement of a piece.
If you’re not sure when to clap, just
follow the lead of the audience
members around you.
It’s also customary to clap for performers
when they come on stage, before a
single note is played. This is to thank and
acknowledge the performers for sharing
At the end of a concert, if there is
enough clapping, the performer or
performers may return to the stage to
bow again or even perform another
piece, called an “encore.”
Stick around after the last piece has
ended and you may have the
opportunity to see even more wonderful
music being performed!
Show respect for a long-standing
tradition of sharing beautiful music by
becoming familiar with the rules of
etiquette at classical concerts. Help
everyone enjoy the music!
Adapted from the Community Arts Music Association (CAMA)