How can you take your recitals from the mundane tradition to an exciting experience that your students will look back on with regard? By keeping things moving during the recital, including fun elements, and using variety from year to year. All of this can be accomplished with a little effort and planning.
It also doesn't hurt to prick the brains of other piano teachers and see what they have to say! Ask them what has worked and what has completely flopped. Borrow ideas and tips to add some life to your recital. You can even cry on their shoulder when things don't go the way you expected them too. :)
Here is a list I've compiled of some recital-related blog posts. If you haven't had your studio recital yet, maybe it's not too late to implement some of these ideas. If you have, use this as a handy reference when you are planning your recital next year.
- Recital "Dress Rehearsal" by Sheryl
- Recital Week: Recital Dress Rehearsal by Sarah
- Practice Performing by Joy
After The Recital:
- Recital Success! by Sheryl
- What To Do When A Student's Performance "Bombs" by Joy
- Recital Week: The Recital's Over...Now What? by Sarah
- 2011 Spring Recital by Wendy
- My Year-End Recital by another Wendy :)
- Recital Nightmare by Miss Dorla
I'm hoping to add to this list as I become aware of more posts and tips! If you have written about your recital planning at all, please let me know.