The Successful Piano Recital

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Hard to believe I am a retired piano teacher now! When Covid struck our little town and schools closed, well it seemed that my 25 years of teaching piano was coming to a close. Since then, I've had lots of time to read so many great books and fantastic articles.

In 1931, yes before you were born, Louise Christine Rebe wrote an article, "The Practical and Profitable Recital." She begins with, 3 Reasons for Giving a Recital.
1. To advertise the work of the teacher. 
2. To give the pupils an opportunity for public appearance. 
3. A fine stimulus to the pupils' work

Yes so true in advertising and I also found over the years that word of mouth was the best referrals! Oh, I so agree and almost all of my students loved performing in front of others. I never made my students perform and I recall over the years that only one girl had a serious melt down. Mostly everyone had a wonderful time and I called it a "Family Gathering." Indeed, the audience will be greatly entertained!

Louise Christine Rebe goes on to mention the planning and preparation of the recital:
1. Selection of Material. 
2. Preparation. 
3. Within the Pupil's Scope. 
4. The Hitching Post Plan.
5. Stage Etiquette

I always give my approval for students to play a piece that best suits their personality! Hard work and preparation with both student and teacher. Usually takes a few months to work on recital songs over and over. When the student feels confident with his or her songs and I feel he/she is well prepared, then I give them a green light to perform with my blessing.

I've had so many rich memories of hosting recitals and seeing my students perform well, so successfully and very pleased with themselves!!

-- LadyD

 "The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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