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!
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P.S. For more recital-related stuff, check out the recital category and this post and this post from my old blog.
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