Two weeks ago, as we reviewed recital music in lessons and discussed how to prepare for the upcoming performance, I stapled a colorful page into each students' assignment notebook with some ideas on how to prepare for a recital. It was quite a revelation to me to hear many of my intermediate students confess that they'd never before thought about prepping themselves for a recital in their home practice (something we'll need to work on for the future!). The sheet contained advice that any level of student could use, but with my younger students I especially emphasized the idea of performing as often as possible- for family, friends, and even for stuffed animals and pets.
When my students came back for lessons this past week, I was quite encouraged to hear reports from several of my younger students on how they'd taken my advice to heart! Here are a few examples:
*For Mothers' Day, one of my students gave a 'mini-recital' especially for her mother and grandmother.
*One student whose motivation level leaves me constantly searching for new ways to engage him actually took the initiative to play for his music class at school.
*Another student played one of her songs in music class, and the teacher was so impressed that she asked her to perform her song in the weekly chapel service!
*3 more of my students who are in the same class at school decided to all play in their music classes at school.
Beginner students are such a treat to teach! Seeing these students' excitement about the upcoming recital as well as their pride in what they've accomplished and eagerness to share their music is such a joy to me!
I am really looking forward to this coming week and all the events surrounding the recital! More to come, but in the meantime, what do you do to help your students prepare for a recital?