- Win some: Best comment from a parent: “I can’t keep her off the piano. In the middle of dinner she has to get up to play a piece before she finishes eating.”
- Lose some: This will have been the last recital for a student who has been struggling. All the (very) small gains I thought we had made simply evaporated. The kid struggles too much and the fun has gone out of it. It is, frankly, a relief – but still a loss. For him, for his mother, and for me.
Lessons for me:
- Share with the students and parents that there will be mistakes – there will be memory slips – nothing will go exactly according to plan. For the first recital of the year, this is OK. Let’s enjoy the experience.
- Share pre-recital instructions: warm up the fingers, then run through the performance piece once – slowly – with the music – leaving no room to invent new mistakes. The newbies didn’t know this.
- Recitals are ALWAYS worth the extra work. The students’ level of playing increases – the parents see results of all their money and effort – and it keeps the lessons on track for achieving a certain success.
- Boring Piano Recitals (ladonasmusicstudio.com)
- 2011 = Why We Perform, and How Teachers Can Facilitate a Positive Experience for Students (musicstudioblog.com)
- How to Plan and Run a Recital (ladonasmusicstudio.com)