Wait a minute…wasn’t it just Christmas?! It’s hard to believe that the season of Spring Piano Recitals is rapidly approaching. And while I’m sure you probably feel as though you ‘ve just barely recovered from the Jingle Bells Marathon (I actually don’t think I have fully recovered yet!) it’s time yet again to get your piano students ready for their next recital performance.
Spring Piano Recitals…It’s “That Time of Year”
Spring Recitals take place at a time of year when piano teachers are competing with soccer, lacrosse, dance, gymnastics, baseball… (take your pick)… making them feel like a desperate attempt at student preparation. This is also the time of year when piano studio attendance is lowest and practice hours wane. The sun is out. It’s hard to compete with the sun.
Spring Piano Recitals Made Awesome
Now is the time, however, to bust out that Piano Teacher Superhero cape. The life of your studio is at stake (it is, after all, suspiciously close to re-registration time too). If you’ve been doing the same old, same old recital routine year after year, it’s time to shake things up. Not only for the sake of your students, but for your own personal sanity. Come blasting into that rectial hall with the most enthusiasm, ingenuity and excitement you can muster. Turn your Spring Piano recital into something worthy of a cult following. You’ll find yourself actually looking forward to the event (instead of experiencing involuntary night sweats at the thought of it) and your students won’t know what hit them!
The Only Thing You Need to Do… is Everything
Challenge yourself to re-vamp every aspect of your recital. Consider the list of “usual recital aspects” below and brainstorm about how you can modernize (or completely over-haul) each of them. Remember, brainstorming means the sky’s the limit! Don’t throw away ideas because they seem silly. Or expensive. There’s plenty of time for reality after the fact, but without lofty ambition it’s easy to get bogged down in details. If you truly get excited about something you’ve brainstormed, find ways to either replicate it on a smaller scale… or go for the gusto and make it happen some way, somehow. Being your own boss means you have the ability to call the shots. Take advantage of this privilege and have fun with it!
Ask “Okay, Self, How Can I Spice Up…”
1. The venue (church halls are not the only option! Inside is not the only option!)
2. Recital Programs (we’ve created some free piano recital program templates you are welcome to use)
3. The Repertoire (think themes, collaboration with other instruments, “the music of…”)
4. The atmosphere (who says light shows and smoke machines are only for night clubs?)
5. Your use of technology (slide shows, projectors, drum loops, recording etc.)
6. Your reception (how can you make it more of a party?)
7. How you welcome your guests
8. Your introductory speech
9. The seating arrangement
10. How your students dress
11. How YOU dress
12. The preparation and hype leading up the recital
13. Your communication with parents about the recital
14. Guest performers
The list could go on forever. We’d love to hear the wild and wonderful things you have done for Spring Piano Recitals. Comment below to share how you avoid ending up in the fetal position at this time of year. 🙂