Spring recital time is quickly approaching! Whether this will be your first time planning a studio recital, or you're a veteran of the practice, we can always learn something new!
Below are some resources for your recital planning adventures.
You can also head over to the recitals category to read a little about some of my past studio recitals.
What's your best advice for recital planning? Or what is your biggest concern? Let me know in the comments or on social media!
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out her free ecourse, “Breezing Through Bass Clef,” the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And you can sign up to receive Fischarper updates by joining the email list.[Boiler Plate]
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As fitting for the harp, we had a St. Patrick's Day service-oriented performance at a local assisted living facility. The facility where we played had an opening after St. Patrick's Day, so we dressed in our green garb and had an after-St.-Patrick's-Day performance, including harp, piano, and some sing-a-long songs!
There were just a small number of students at this performance....probably due to the combination of a possible communication error on my part and that it was during school time. Since we're their guests, we have to work with the facility's availability; I also believe that this is an educational opportunity to give to the community, and not all education takes place in the classroom (plus this is not an overly frequent thing). :)
The students who were there were lovely, and we even had a festive MC who led sing-a-longs in addition to announcing performers and songs. Of course I gabbed a little too. I also played a few tunes on the harp as well. It was a pretty informal performance, which is nice to have from time to time.
How about you? Have you ever had a recital that many of your students are unable to attend?
Lots of thanks to everyone who helped make this performance happen!
Barbara Fischer runs Fischarper, LLC and loves her job as a harpist and private music educator. She enjoys blogging about various aspects of the music field on fischarper.com/blog. For more music resources, check out the Fischarper Teachers Pay Teachers Store and Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children, written by Bambi Fischer (Barbara’s mom!) and revised and edited by Barbara. You can connect with Barbara all over the interwebs on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. And you can sign up to receive Fischarper updates by joining the email list.
Wow! Christmas is almost here!
Fischer Studio of Music had our recital earlier in the month, and we presented a recital with some other local studios at a beautiful facility. From our studio, we had harp and piano pieces, musicians from elementary school age to retirement age, and songs that ranged from "The First Noel" to "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree." Other studios' performers included violinists, pianists, and a singer-songwriter.
After the recital, there was a nice little reception.
Did you have a Christmas studio recital? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on Twitter!
Have a very merry Christmas!
P.S. See other posts in the recital category here.
At the time this goes live, it will be December! Can you believe it?!
It's really nice to have recitals lined up ahead of time, but sometimes it seems like time just gets away! Here are 5 ideas if you're putting together a Christmas performance last-minute.
For more teaching ideas, check out Making Harp Lessons Exciting For Young Children,
What are your top tips for planning a Christmas recital? Please share in the comments, or on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.
Christmas tree image in blog picture slightly adapted, originally from Pixabay.
Fischer Studio of Music had our second Fall Performance Party (see the first here)! This year's theme was "Around the World." It was a smashing success. Some of the songs included "Sakura," "Planxty George Brabazon," and "San Antonio Rose."
We had some great help as well, which absolutely contributed to the day's success! We performed at a nursing home. It's a great venue because it's low-stress (the audience is appreciative!), and we get to give to the community.
Thank you to all who helped, supported, and performed!
You can see past performances here.
How many performances/recitals per year does your studio give? Let me know in the comments!
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The 2016 Spring Recital 2 of 2 was a success! Congrats to the Fischer Studio of Music students who were part of our second 2016 Spring Recital. This recital was more relaxed than our first recital of Spring 2016. It was later in the week after our first recital this season. We survived! And thrived!
We had a small group of three students (plus me) who were able to perform in this recital. We ended up with one pianist and the rest of us played harp. We were expecting at least a few more musicians, but the students who were present really stepped up! They went with the flow and even added some extra pieces last minute! Nice job guys! #TheShowMustGoOn
One of the students in particular was especially kind to talk to many of the residents following the recital. It was so sweet.
Proud of my students! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful job!
Do you encourage your students to participate in service-oriented activities? Let me know in the comments, on Facebook, on Instagram, or on Twitter!
For other recitals, click on the recital category.
Congratulations to the Fischer Studio of Music harp and piano students! Students and parents, thank you for all your work! We had our first Spring 2016 recital and it was a success. We were in a new location, which worked out really nicely with a large turnout.
Spring recital season is coming!
Are you thinking about planning a recital showcasing the hard work of your students (and maybe getting some studio publicity!)? Whether your studio has put on numerous recitals or this is the first time, below are some ideas to get you thinking. Although I do tend to get uptight before recitals, they are totally do-able!
Where. Your recital doesn't need to be at a recital hall. You could ask an assisted living facility or church to host it. You could also have recitals at a studio family home or clubhouse, as recommended in Making Harp Lessons Exciting for Young Children. (I think all four of those location selections are in there.)
When. This will partly depend on your venue. It's nice to have it before "recital season" is in full swing, as your students are less likely to have as many commitments (other recitals, final exams, vacations, etc.).
Some venues might request that you have it on a school day. It is up to you how you handle this. I think that a once- or twice-a-year recital is an educational opportunity and an acceptable reason to miss school. You might offer to write notes if any of your students need them for an excused absence.
Also, when to start planning? As soon as you can! Although I'm posting this in April, I like to have a recital date and venue (both at least tentative) as early as possible...by the beginning-ish of the semester. It's one less thing to have to do later and you can include a reminder in each of your newsletters. Students and families can also plan ahead, and it gives a solid goal and deadline. They have busy lives too!
Would you like to see more recital ideas and tips on the blog?
What are your best tips for planning recitals? I'd love to hear! Comment below, Tweet me, Facebook me, or tell me on Instagram!
P.S. For more recital-related stuff, check out the recital category and this post and this post from my old blog.
A very merry Christmas to everyone!
After our Fall Performance Party, I decided to make some little notes to hand out to each student who participated. They are imperfectly handmade, but they got a much more appreciative reception than I expected! One student put hers in her harp notebook in a way that she could flip it up to see both sides, another planned to attach hers in her notebook, and one very young student's grandmother requested that it go in her harp book! I just wrote a short little note on each one and tried to make it specific to each student. You can include something specific that the student did well, a compliment on a particular piece they performed, etc. It was really cool to see how the students seemed to value these little notes!
Watercolors - I just used the little kid kind....so fun!
Paintbrush - Again, little kid kind. I think this was the paintbrush that came with these olddd watercolors
Wax - Mine was some candles drippings, but you could also just use a candle. I tried with a white crayon first, but the wax seemed to work better.
Scissors - If you need to cut your paper down.
Watercolor paper - You could also probably use regular cardstock.
Water - To make the watercolors work!
First, cut your paper down to size (if necessary). And yes, these are different scissors than in the supplies picture. :)
Write your message in wax on the paper. I chose to write "BRAVO!"
Paint over your wax writing with watercolor(s). I think in this picture I had used white crayon rather than the candle wax, but you get the idea.
If you're like me and got watercolor on the back of some of them, then just paint a border on the edge too! You can paint a regular border, splatter paint, or drip the watercolor straight from the container. Or a combination!
Write your notes on the backs and distribute!
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