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Ideas for Christmas Recitals #2592656
12/06/16 05:42 PM
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Do you host Christmas Recitals for your studio? Any ideas that you'd like to share?

This year, I'm taking out the dress code and replacing it with "seasonal attire." And I'm not making the kids memorize their pieces.


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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: AZNpiano] #2592664
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A similar, informal level of recital is taking place at the piano studio where I'm taking lessons. No memorization required, no formal dress required, with small groups at each recital time.

From what I see, it really is just a time for the students to perform in front of a small number of people, including their family, in a more relaxed setting than the spring and summer recitals.


The other type of recital I see going on around here are joint teacher events either to help raise money for a charity (like the piano-a-thon last Saturday), or at senior centers or other public forums (at the mall). These are also memorization optional events.


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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
Do you host Christmas Recitals for your studio? Any ideas that you'd like to share?

This year, I'm taking out the dress code and replacing it with "seasonal attire." And I'm not making the kids memorize their pieces.


I do Holiday recitals every December. Just had one this past weekend. thumb

Students play winter themed or holiday songs for the most part. I have student duets, sometimes with a second non-piano instrument when possible. Afterwards, we have festive goodies and take pictures. I used to also have a Halloween recital. Students wore costumes and we had a parade after they played spooky, minor pieces, then gave a prize to best costume, and of course, had refreshments afterwards.



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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: AZNpiano] #2592718
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Oh I hated memorizing pieces for recitals! : ) I approve : P


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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: AZNpiano] #2592722
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I do recitals at the end of January, around the end of the first semester. I find December is already busy for me (extra Christmas music, university juries and opera), plus I figure everyone else is busy with extra events as well.


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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: chasingrainbows] #2592733
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Originally Posted by chasingrainbows
I do Holiday recitals every December. Just had one this past weekend. thumb

Did it go well?

I don't do Christmas Recitals every year. The last time I ran one, the attendance was so poor, I almost didn't want to do another one ever again.

There are quite a few beginners in my studio right now, and I thought a Christmas Recital would be a pain-free way to introduce these kiddos to piano recitals. OMG the resistance I'm getting from these kids is overwhelming. Maybe I should start firing students who don't want to come to recitals. Or go back to making recitals mandatory.


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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: Arghhh] #2592734
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Originally Posted by Arghhh
I do recitals at the end of January, around the end of the first semester.

Uh, I can't do that. Even the middle school kids here have finals. Or at least some stupidly-huge group project due the last week of January.

And if I do the recital any later than that, I start running into CM testing.


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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: AZNpiano] #2592815
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I don't currently do one, but what about duets or inviting student's friends or family members who also play or play another instrument/sing to do some collaborative work?

I find that making it a casual and collaborative effort takes out the jitters for recitals and it can be very rewarding.


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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: AZNpiano] #2592818
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My students love the Christmas / Holiday recital. They get excited about learning seasonal pieces. I don't insist at all with memorization - but some just love to do that anyway and show off smile

I always introduce each child before they play, and say something that I thought was admirable about their playing afterwards. I try to keep things light with little jokes here and there. We have a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere, but at the same time they dress up and we have a smart venue with a baby grand so the students feel important too.

We have lots of duets and instruments other than piano if the students can play them.

One year I gave out Christmas Crackers as rewards for playing after each performance - they loved that! (This year we had chocolate coins)

Everyone brings a snack and we have a reception after the recital, and the students get to play on the piano again afterwards for fun if they want to, so we have live entertainments with the refreshments!!

I always have a full (or almost full) turnout, and everyone usually leaves happy and proud of themselves.


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Originally Posted by AZNpiano
Originally Posted by chasingrainbows
I do Holiday recitals every December. Just had one this past weekend. thumb

Did it go well?

I don't do Christmas Recitals every year. The last time I ran one, the attendance was so poor, I almost didn't want to do another one ever again.

There are quite a few beginners in my studio right now, and I thought a Christmas Recital would be a pain-free way to introduce these kiddos to piano recitals. OMG the resistance I'm getting from these kids is overwhelming. Maybe I should start firing students who don't want to come to recitals. Or go back to making recitals mandatory.



Other than one no-show and 2 performers who got sick and couldn't come, it was very successful. I had 20 performers, but usually have at least 25. All of my students participate, and they range from 5 to 50 years old right now. It is a very busy time of the year, but I usually have a full house. I once held my holiday recital in January, and I didn't feel like the "holiday" favorites were as fitting or impactful in January.


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Originally Posted by AZNpiano

There are quite a few beginners in my studio right now, and I thought a Christmas Recital would be a pain-free way to introduce these kiddos to piano recitals. OMG the resistance I'm getting from these kids is overwhelming. Maybe I should start firing students who don't want to come to recitals. Or go back to making recitals mandatory.


With students who have just started i.e one or two weeks or months, I invite them to come and watch the others play so they get an idea of what it is like without having the scariness of performing (... obviously if you have mostly new beginners in your studio there is the chance there'd be not much to watch ..!)


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Originally Posted by pianopi
Originally Posted by AZNpiano

There are quite a few beginners in my studio right now, and I thought a Christmas Recital would be a pain-free way to introduce these kiddos to piano recitals. OMG the resistance I'm getting from these kids is overwhelming. Maybe I should start firing students who don't want to come to recitals. Or go back to making recitals mandatory.


With students who have just started i.e one or two weeks or months, I invite them to come and watch the others play so they get an idea of what it is like without having the scariness of performing (... obviously if you have mostly new beginners in your studio there is the chance there'd be not much to watch ..!)


I had 2 new students who were reluctant to participate, and I also invited them to be part of the audience and have goodies afterwards. One did come, one did not.


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Re: Ideas for Christmas Recitals [Re: pianopi] #2592868
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Originally Posted by pianopi
With students who have just started i.e one or two weeks or months, I invite them to come and watch the others play so they get an idea of what it is like without having the scariness of performing (... obviously if you have mostly new beginners in your studio there is the chance there'd be not much to watch ..!)

I guess we all have different definitions of "beginner" students. My "beginners" (except for one that started in March) have all been playing piano for longer than a year. I would never ask students with 1 or 2 months of experience to play in a recital--or even invite them to watch, because it can get intimidating.

I could segregate the students by level, so that all the beginner students play in the same recital program. But I'm not the type of person who would do that.


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