Recital season is upon us! I LOVE recitals! I have at least two big recitals a year. I have over 100 students, so I divide the recitals into two days with two times available each day. So, you can choose one of four recitals to perform in that will fit your schedule.
When I was a young student, I had a lot of stage fright. I overcame it eventually, with a kind piano teacher as a teenager and a lot of practice. But I told myself, that if I ever became a piano teacher, I would ease the tension and make piano recitals fun and as pain free as possible.
If you are a little anxious about being on stage, talk to me! It is not mandatory to perform in a recital if you are my student, but I encourage it. Music is to be shared! We are all in this together! And the more you perform, the easier it gets!
And, to support my students even further, I sit by their side at the piano while they perform. Beginning students go up on stage as a group and sit in a semi-circle on stage (Just like "circle time" in class at CMC!)
I encourage the audience to applaud while you walk on stage (on of my memories as a child, was that long walk up the aisle to the stage, IN DEAD SILENCE - aack!). But hearing applause as you walk up, before you even play is empowering, in my humble opinion.
Then of course, afterwards there will be thunderous applause and many yummy goodies to eat at the reception!
And, as I always tell my students, there is no "Mistake Bear" hiding behind the piano to come out and bite you if you make a mistake. Who cares if you make a mistake? We all make mistakes. Of course, you should try to do your best. But if you make a mistake, it is ok! Keep going, stop and correct it, or start over. Just don't run out of the auditorium screaming! lol. I teach at the Community Music Center where I hold my recitals. It is an environment of learning. Mistakes are not a big deal. :)
So, here are the dates and times of the December recitals. Put them on your calendars and then let me know in the next few weeks which date and time you prefer.
Students can have family and friends come, but the auditorium only comfortably holds about 100, so don't invite the whole neighborhood. And please bring treats for everyone to share afterwards! Healthy goodies are always preferred, but sweets are nice too!
RECITAL DATES AND TIMES
Sunday, December 9, 2012: 5:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 16, 2012: 5:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Peace and Joy through Music!
Teacher Zita :)