It’s that time of year in the piano world when the biggest buzzword is “recital.” Whether you’re hosting your first recital or your 10th, the goal is always this: Make sure that every student has a memorable and enjoyable experience. This means that students need to feel comfortable with the piece they’re going to perform!
So, what is the purpose of a recital?
Okay, so we’ve established how wonderful and beneficial recitals are – however, they do take some time and energy when it comes to preparation. But all of that preparation is SO worth it when I see my students’ faces LIGHT UP after their performances. #confidencebooster
Remember, this shouldn’t be stressful. Keep it fun, inviting, and above all – memorable. ♥️
When it comes to preparation, here are the must-knows about recitals ⬇️
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To dress up or to not dress up…
Personally, I give my students the option because I want them to feel comfortable. Whether you choose to ask them to dress up OR give them the choice, just make your expectations known!
PS – I definitely emphasize that this is a special event that they’ve worked hard for and that I (and their parents) would like for them to dress up. But at the end of the day, I am just glad that they show up!
A seat for everyone…
Choose a piece to perform…
Switch it up…
- It boosts the confidence of my beginner players! If they go first, they often correlate this with thinking they suck. So now I randomly select the order of performances. Plus the little kids then have to stay and listen to the big kids play!
- The flow of the recital is fast-paced! Most of the little kids are beginners and so their pieces are around a minute, where the older kids might play for 3 or 4 minutes. Mixing it up keeps it from having all of the short pieces in the beginning and all of the long pieces at the end. Plus, It’s fun to watch a short beginner piece and then a longer, more advanced piece!
Setting the stage…
When it comes to decorating and setting up, you don’t have to break the bank! I usually buy all of my decorations from the dollar store or Amazon. I like to stick with a spring/summer theme since our recital is always in May. However, some teachers have specific themes and may want to align their decorations to match the theme!
I also host a potluck after the recital and everyone brings an appetizer or dessert to share! It’s a fun time to talk to everyone after the recital and give congratulations before summer break!
Introduce performance etiquette…
We want to do our best in preparing our students for being in front of a crowd! In order for the recital to run as smooth as possible, here a few things to go over with your students:
When to bow
When to start playing
How long to wait before exiting the stage
What happens if they make a mistake
How to receive applause
Where to go after they finish their performance