I’m so proud of my students for pulling together a very nice recital a few weeks ago at the PianoWorks concert hall. A big thank you goes to Jaime & Juanita Washington for donating all of the refreshments and drinks. My student performers were a mix of pianists, cellists and violinists. They worked hard to master their pieces and even did some extra Skype coaching sessions to get ready. I also want to say thank you to all of the family and friends who have supported their student’s music endeavors over the years.
I would like to congratulate all of my piano and cello students on another successful student recital. Everyone worked very hard to prepare their performance pieces and were very courageous to forge ahead and play through their nervousness.
We’re all very grateful to all of the parents, family members and friends who have supported the students throughout the year by encouraging them to practice and making sure that they get to their lessons every week. We definitely couldn’t have done any of this without you! I also have to give a big THANK YOU to the Yamaha Piano Distributors for allowing my pianists to play on their $74,000 hybrid piano. It sounded amazing, and the students really enjoyed the experience.
I tried something different with the student introductions this year. In addition to announcing the students’ songs and talking about their accomplishments in their lessons, I decided to make the introductions more personal by mentioning fun facts such as their hobbies and activities outside of music. I really enjoyed getting to know my students better, and I’m sure that the audience felt a more personal connection with each of the musicians.
Last but not least, I want to acknowledge all of the moms who donated food and set up the reception table. Many thanks to Juanita Washington, Pam Walker, Melissa Hein and Wallace Underwood!! I appreciate all that you do.
I came across a wonderful chart that I’ve decided to share with my students as they prepare for their upcoming recital. I made a few changes of my own to make it more appropriate for all age groups. If you want to view the original article, you can click on the following link: Practice Makes It Easy: Recital Preparation.
I’ve always been a big fan of practice charts. They help instill the importance of making consistent practice an everyday habit. When used properly, they can also help students make the direct correlation between their improved performance and the time they spent working on their music. A secondary benefit of using a recital preparation practice chart is that it’s an effective tool to help relieve the specific performance anxiety that stems from feeling that “I’m going to be so embarrassed if I mess up in front of all these people because I really don’t know if I prepared my music well enough” .
For most of my students, I use the preparation chart in the following way:
- After the student has selected their recital song(s), they are asked to play through each one 3 times daily.
- The student will then rate each daily practice session as either Good, Great or Wow.
- In the beginning, most students are just learning the music and feel as though they are still in the practicing stage. These less than ‘Good’ days don’t get marked on the chart because I don’t want students to look back and feel that they are recording their failures.
- The goal for each student is to have at least 30 Good, Great or Wow days practicing their recital song(s).
As with most endeavors in life, preparation is the key to success!!