Archive for category Recitals

Spring 2012 Piano Recital Assignment

The theme for the spring recital is Celebrating the Classics. Students will be performing musical selections that were composed by notable composers (like Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, etc), or tunes that are traditional/folk songs and generally recognizable and well-loved.

In preparation for the recital, I would like you to research and learn about the music that you are performing. Please answer the following questions as best as you can about each of your recital songs (in other words, you should complete two worksheets). This assignment is due during your lesson the week of May 14-18th.

Suggested resources include (but are not limited to):

Making Music Fun

Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids


Title of the Song: ____________________________________________________

Name of the Composer: _______________________________________________

Which country did the composer live in? _________________________________

Date the music was written: ____________________________________________

Which musical era was the song was written in?

Baroque 1600-1750

Classic 1750-1820

Romantic 1820-1910

Modern 1910-Present

Interesting things to note about the composer or the song, what do you like about the song, etc… (Please write a short paragraph).


Leave a comment

Spring Recital

Our spring recital was last Friday evening. All of my students did a great job, and I was so proud of everyone.This is what our program looked like this time around. I made one of these tissue paper flowers to present to each student (along with their certificate) because every great performer deserves a flower! The flowers are really fun and easy to make (thanks to the tutorial at Make and Takes).Check out this cake! A perfect piano in edible miniature.  Thanks for sharing your talent with us Annabelle, the cake looked (and tasted) amazing!I tried a new recipe for the punch, and I think it was a hit. A half gallon of raspberry sherbet combined with 2 bottles of sprite to make the delicious “pink punch”. I really appreciate all of the parents and their willingness to help with the food and supplies to contribute to a nice reception after the performances.

Piano recitals are great fun! I’m already looking forward to the next one!

1 Comment

Practicing to Perform

Our spring recital is in just a few days, so in our last piano lessons of the school year we are preparing for the performance. Hopefully at this point my students will have their pieces pretty well polished, so I am planning to spend the bulk of the lesson time reviewing how to give a confident and professional presentation.

Natalie from Music Matters shared 6 helpful Performance Signs. I printed off the signs and stuck them in sheet protectors. During the lesson we will put them in order and discuss each point, and then practice it. Here is a breakdown of each point:

Approach to Piano
1. Smile
2. Walk at a steady pace
3. Walk with good posture
4. Keep your chin up!

Arrival at the Piano
1. Enter on the left side of the bench
2. Adjust the bench

1. Wait a moment/gather thoughts before beginning
2. Remain focused while playing
3. Ignore any mistakes and continue playing

1. Finish gracefully
2. Linger a moment after the last measure
3. Exit on the right side of the bench
4. Smile

1. Smile
2. Bend at the waist
3. Keep arms hanging loosely at side

Return to Seat
1. Smile
2. Walk at a steady pace
3. Walk with good posture
4. Keep your chin up!

Thanks to Natalie for sharing such a great teaching resource!

If we have time, we will also do the Performing at the Piano Worksheet from Joy at Color in my Piano.

Leave a comment