This past weekend I held my fifth spring recital. Each year I try to do something a little different. This year the first half featured student solos and the second half collaborative pieces. There were several duets, one-piano six-hands, and two-piano eight-hand pieces. Besides a couple of duets here and there, this is the first time I’ve had all my students collaborate.
Learning to play with someone is a skill in itself, and I can say without a doubt, all my students felt challenged and yet completely rewarded in the end. Parents and students alike can’t stop saying how much they enjoyed the collaborations. I can already tell my studio families will be expecting a lot more of this from now on, and I’m excited as well!
My husband caught recordings of about half of the pieces, mostly of the older students. Enjoy!
A friend and colleague invited me to her recital which is this Sunday, but since my recital is the same day, I am unable to attend. I wish I could, however, as the recital she is hosting is a fun and unique idea. She gave me permission to share with you today.
I am featuring the four books of Catherine Rollin – Museum Masterpieces. I heard about them when she conducted a workshop at Taylor University last September. I knew then and there I was going to do this for the Spring recital. The kids all chose their piece from the insert of the paintings she included in each book. I asked them what painting caught their attention and then I played the piece. They have been loving it! Some asked to play two, so a few are doing that.
Like many teachers, at my studio’s spring recital, I hand out awards to recognize not only student achievements but their commitment to piano year after year. Team sports do it, so can we!
A colleague of mine who has a new and quickly growing studio, recently posted in a Facebook group asking how in the world teachers with large studios kept track of everything – especially when it came to recitals. Well, my friend, this post is for you as I’m about to share not only the various awards that I give from year to year but how I organize and track everything.