This month has been all about getting ready for recital season & part of that may be giving gifts to your students or families. There is something about giving families a thoughtful present that lets them know how much they are appreciated. But with all the tasks involved in putting on a recital (let alone helping students prepare their repertoire beforehand), combined with end of year assessments/reviews, & keeping students engaged when they are more likely wanting to be outside ... well, those gifts may just seem like more work than they are worth. Here is a list of ideas that are homemade & look like you spent days & days prepping Martha Stewart-style ... but in reality you only invested a couple hours.
When I was younger, I performed all the time & found it quite easy. Yes I got a bit nervous, but nothing that held me back. However after a long break from playing piano in public, I have a whole new understanding of how many of my students have felt ... at least for their first recital.
At this time of year, I am always torn between finishing out the year with a bang & wanting to get going on next year's plans. So this week, I wanted to share the articles & ideas that kept my excitement up ... during a time of year that typically leads to burn out.
Chances are your studio is already well into recital prep. Students are learning or mastering new repertoire, you are working out the last details on the program, & parents are checking their calendars to ensure they will get their budding performers to the venue on time. How can you get your students excited about their recital repertoire? This is my top 6 tips to making recital prep a time of celebration!