Recital is held twice a year (in May and December) for students through high school age as a celebration of learning. Playing for others develops performance skills,
builds confidence, and is an avenue for sharing what one has learned during the semester. Although participation is encouraged, it is entirely optional, so those with stage fright need not worry.
Recital is a warm and friendly event where students can exhibit the skills acquired during the term. Family and fellow students will be there to enjoy the performances. It is not a competition! Many ages and levels will be represented. To help things run smoothly, please observe the following guidelines:
nicely as you would for church, temple or any special affair. I encourage children to wear the traditional clothing of their ancestral country, as
did the Yao kids seen below in my old studio at Belmont.
Arrive a few minutes before the recital begins if you want to warm up. If you are using your music, remember your book! (Memorizaton is encouraged but not required.)
friends may take their seats in the sanctuary. Students should sit with their relatives during the program. Remember to
turn off cell phones and pagers—or set on vibrate.
When your name is called, walk calmly to the front and sit on the bench, or if singing, stand by the piano. Do not bow before you perform--only afterward.
Take a moment to think about your piece before you start. Maintain good posture whether seated or standing.
If you make a mistake, stay calm. Try not to make a face. Just continue and most people will not even notice. If you lose your place, find a good starting spot and finish gracefully.
The audience should respect every player and remain quiet during each performance. Non-flash cameras and video cameras are allowed to be used, but flash photography should wait till the performer is finished.
When done, look at the audience, smile sweetly and take a bow or curtsy (like Lacey at right). Then walk back to sit with your family.
Please stay for the entire recital and enjoy the performances!
WHY RECITALS ARE BENEFICIAL
From my article at CoolSprings.com
Performing is a vital component of music study. Students grow by participating in recitals, auditions, competitions or festivals. Students who learn to perform develop many character traits that distinguish them from those who have not had such an opportunity. Performing is a natural outgrowth of the discipline acquired by students who do well in music lessons. They learn to arrive on time for lessons, to schedule regular practice time and to prepare the material assigned to them. Students gain more than the ability to create music on their instrument or an appreciation for music. They realize they have the ability and skills to analyze and overcome new challenges throughout their lives. Students learn that during a public performance they can adjust for missed notes or fingers that become tangled on a difficult passage. They also learn the meaning of adequate preparation, a skill often overlooked. Life is filled with little performances such as school exams or job interviews. Learning to face the challenges of performing will better prepare students to live their lives responsibly.
"Guys in Ties" -- My first recital at Belmont Academy, 12/12/2000