Fischer Studio of Music recently had our first Fall Costumed Performance Party!
The theme was animals, and the reason I chose a theme was to try to make sure there were no scary or inappropriate costumes. It was called a performance party rather than a recital, because I wanted it to have a more informal feel than our Christmas and Spring recitals. Our venue was an assisted living facility and I think it went well! It's nice for the students to have that experience of giving to others through their musical talents and skills, and it's also a fairly low-stress venue.
What do you do for fun performance opportunities?
P.S. You can see more recital musings here and here.
Have your student make a report out of a pizza box! Yes, you read that right, a pizza box! Of course, you can substitute something else for the pizza box too. The student researches a musician and attaches that information to the inside of the box, making a presentation. It's great if the student writes the information out him/herself, not only ensuring that the student doesn't just cut and paste without reading it, but also to help the student internalize the information (and practice handwriting, spelling, etc.).
The student can have different amounts of control in this project. You can assign the musician to study, give the student a list to choose from, allow the student to choose any musician, etc. If you choose to assign a list you could make lists in different ways: time period, personal favorites, instrument, country, etc. This is also a nice opportunity for parents to be involved.
The inspiration for this project came from here, which gives a cool way to present with a hole for the student to put his or her face in, so the student kind of "becomes" that person.
If you do this, be sure to share the results!
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