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Choosing a date for recital? #1852611
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Hello, I am wondering how you go about choosing a date for recitals? Do you just pick what works best for you, or do you ask the parents of your students what dates will work for them, and then try to find a venue? I just don't want to pick a date and then have 2 of my students out of town as I only have 5 playing in the recital.


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Re: Choosing a date for recital? [Re: pianogirl1978] #1852625
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Hi pianogirl1978. Since you have 7 students, you could survey the parents about it. I would pick a couple of dates and times and ask parents to let you know if either of these dates presents a conflict for them. A group email would be a simple way to get the word out.

I don't recall having checked with parents before scheduling a recital, but it sounds like an effort you are willing to make to ensure a well attended recital.

Edit: When I schedule recitals I look for an open Saturday since I do not teach on Saturdays. I've decided that I like morning better than afternoon. Otherwise too much time spent waiting.

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Re: Choosing a date for recital? [Re: pianogirl1978] #1852633
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pianogirl, I started with a handful of students and now I have over 30. I have always selected my recital dates. However, if the majority of my students were unavailable, I would of course, select an alternative date, but there will always be a family or two that will not be able to attend. IMO, asking parents to provide dates when they are available, sets a standard that can only result in that standard being the expectation in the future. Once your studio builds, surveying parents for prospective dates would be very difficult, if not disastrous, IMO. I still follow the same standard - if many of my students will be away, or have other pressing commitments, I will do my best to work with them, however, ultimately, I am the one who initially provides, and ultimately, decides my recital dates.


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Re: Choosing a date for recital? [Re: pianogirl1978] #1852643
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I like to make my recitals "events." Something the students look forward to, or at least will remember. It's always the first weekend in June, which isn't too hot here. But I grew up in the mid-west, and if I were still living there, I'd consider a date earlier in the spring.


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Mine is always the third Sunday in May. Even though I announce the date back in August, I always have to give lots of reminders!!


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Re: Choosing a date for recital? [Re: chasingrainbows] #1852971
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Originally Posted by chasingrainbows
IMO, asking parents to provide dates when they are available, sets a standard that can only result in that standard being the expectation in the future.


This could be a problem. Instead of asking them to provide or approve dates, you could survey parents informally (not email). For example, if you see parents in person you could mention the tentative recital date and ask if their child will be able to attend...to get an idea of how many scheduling conflicts (if any) that you'd be dealing with.

If you announce the date and time (by email) and ask parents to let you know whether their child will attend it could be a problem. The problem would be if say 2 can't make it. You reschedule and then 2 more let you know they can't make it. And inevitably you have people who later say that "no, we've had a change of plans and the first date would be better for us after all".

I have 2 recitals per year and tend to keep it the weekend after my birthday, and then 6 months later on the weekend after my half birthday. Somehow it makes me cope better with aging. For one it marks progress for the year. And it's a distraction from thinking about age. Also it lands in October and April when the recital space is not in such high demand.


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