Recitals offer your students an opportunity to showcase technical and artistic elements they learn during lessons. By creating a welcoming and encouraging environment for students to perform, they can share their gifts and take comfort in an encouraging and positive environment. There are many benefits of these performances and students are often very excited for their moment to shine!
1. Recitals encourage PRACTICE. Students often find extra motivation leading up to a recital because there is a tangible goal in sight. They take pride in perfecting their pieces and want to give the best performance they can. Sharing the recital date a couple months ahead creates excitement and fosters dedication to practice. Recitals are also a great opportunity to watch other students perform. Beginning students are inspired by the performances of advanced students. It gives them something to look forward to and encourages them to continue working toward a goal!
2. Recitals build CONFIDENCE. Nearly all my students ask me “Who will be at the recital?” It is normal to be a little nervous and they want to know who will be watching them perform. I just mention that everyone who is performing will have their families and friends there to cheer them on! Knowing that a loving and supportive audience will be present encourages students to put their best foot forward. Performance is something that needs practice as well and the more it is done, the more comfortable and confident one becomes.
3. Recitals encourage COLLABORATION. I teach both piano and voice students and have them perform at the same recital. It is wonderful for the piano students to watch the voice students and vice versa as it exposes them to another discipline and broadens their musical horizons. I encourage my voice students to sing with an accompanist instead of backing tracks as there is simply no comparison. This is a special opportunity for students both young and old to see how musicians can feed off of one another’s energy to create something beautiful.
4. Recitals teach students how to ADAPT and PERSEVERE. It is inevitable that mistakes will happen and knowing how to adapt to them is not only a necessary tool for musicians but for life in general. When a student makes a mistake, they often want to “start over.” Depending on the circumstance, sometimes stopping a performance and starting over can be the best option (e.g. Adele at the Grammys). In general, I like to tell students to adapt to the situation and keep going. As in life, it is important to forge ahead and make the best of any given situation. I make sure they practice this way so they are prepared for mistakes during the recital. Often times, the audience will not know the pieces so if the student doesn’t giggle or stop, no one will even know a mistake was made!
Part of the joy of making music is sharing it with others and recitals will give students an opportunity to do just that! If you are a teacher and are considering holding a recital for your students, read my blog “Planning a Music Recital” for some guidance and tips!