It’s recital season! But it’s also the end of the year and very busy schedules for your families! I’ve worked hard to have short and to the point recitals. The last thing I ever wanted was for the families of my students to spend too much time at my recitals. I’ve been there, part of over hour long recitals. It’s hard to sit through and with young kids waiting to play, it’s hard for them to stay focused.
My biggest recital featured over 20 students performing 2 songs each and the recital was less than 30 minutes. Recitals that last over an hour is hard to sit through especially for young kids with short attention spans. Continue reading to learn a few of my strategies for simplified but amazing and short recitals!
Strategies to have a smooth recital
Work with your students starting a few weeks BEFORE the actual recital about what to expect. Including, where they will be sitting (having the students sit in recital order is helping in knowing when they go next) How to get on and off the stage or to the area where they perform. What they should do with their music before and after they play and what direction they will be bowing to/ helping them understand where the audience will be. Practice it in your studio space before multiple times for at least 2 weeks before your recital date.
It’s okay to have multiple recital days to keep recitals short or if space is limited at your recital location. This is best for combined studio recitals of multiple teachers or if you have more than 40 students performing or multiple groups. Have your parents sign up for whichever day works best for them. It’s best to have a mix of beginning, intermediate and advanced at each recital though. While it might be more inconvenient for you, to arrange multiple recital days, think about the attendees and how long they will have to wait if you have a long recital.
Don’t feel obligated to talk a lot. Less is more with recitals sometimes especially if you have a lot of students performing. A simple introduction of each student and their song is enough since you provided a program. It’s so easy to talk about how amazing each student is, but that is something that can be done after with the parents. Create a showcase for the recital, for students that have hit milestones. Like 3, 5 and 10 years of lessons with you, or the students who practiced the most on your practicing challenge.
Do, have something for everyone, like a single flower, and invite each student to collect it from you at the end. Bonus: it sets up the opportunity for a studio photo that you can use on your social media to promote your studio.
Do ask for help from the parents in setting up or cleaning up after the recital. Many hands makes for little work.
In the end, the parents will thank you for a shorter performances especially if there are younger siblings in the audience. Mine always have and it gave more time for our potluck reception that follows every recital.