I recently planned my first studio recital. Let me tell you, it was so rewarding! It might seem like a daunting task, but planning a studio recital is totally do-able!
I’ll break it down into some steps (order them as you see fit)...I might or might not have followed my own suggestions :)
o Options include: student’s home, Senior living facility or daycare, Church
o Find a date and time that work with both the venue and your students. Mine ended up being during school hours, so a few students couldn’t make it, but we needed to work with the availability of the venue. My view is that there’s more to education than formal schooling and it won’t hurt a kid to leave school early once in a while for something like a studio recital. J
o Make sure students and parents are aware of the recital and your expectations. This is something that I can improve for our next recital. Make sure you get the info out as soon as you can (the beginning of the semester or year would be ideal, but isn’t always possible). Include proper attire for students (remember skirt length!) and guests if applicable, if students can invite friends and family, and the time that you expect students to be there (allow time for tuning and warm-up if applicable). Consider padding arrival time a little to allow for the students who run late. This could help your nerves.
o Don’t forget to prep students on what to expect. It’s a good idea to practice stage entrance/exit, questions you might have them answer, and bowing/curtseying.
The most important thing is to have fun! This is a great opportunity for you and your students to give to the community, give your students a great experience, and get free publicity!
More than likely, most of the audience will love your recital.
Have you had a studio recital or performed in one? Do you have any ideas? Be sure to share in the comment section!