It's Solo & Ensemble week for my 7th and 8th graders, so the emphasis is on "practicing performing"--doing run-throughs of their solos without stopping...
ME: So this time, I want you to keep going no
matter what happens, just like you'll do on Saturday. The only reason
you would stop on Saturday is if you stopped breathing--which would of
course be sad--or unless the judge stopped breathing and you went over
to administer CPR.
KID: No mouth...
ME: Totally understandable.