Summer always flies by, but so does the fall! And before we know it, recital time is upon us. We understand how busy recital time can be for our students and their families, so here are our top 5 tips for the best recital experience possible!
Pen It In: Save the Date. There’s nothing worse than not knowing for sure when and where an event takes place. It is important for your family to write down the recital time, date, and location as soon as you receive that information. Once you have that saved on your family calendar, be sure you and your child hand out the recital invitations that will be provided! Have your friends and family save the date as well!
Practice, partner, and provide positivity. This might go without saying, but it is important that your child practices for their recital. But what is even better is that you as the parent know exactly how your child is supposed to practice at home so you can listen for those tips that your teacher gives. Partner with your teacher and help your child succeed at home too! Then provide positive feedback so that everyone is encouraged to keep going.
Provide practice performances. One of the best ways to help prepare your child for a recital is to practice performing at home. Having your child approach the stage, get their instrument ready, play their piece, and then take a bow while you clap helps your child know exactly what to do at the recital. It will also help ease nervousness later. Gather special friends or immediate family around to make this happen.
Plan out the specifics for recital day itself. Allow enough time to get to your recital. Rushing doesn’t help relieve nervousness, but instead intensifies it. Calculate traffic time, dinner times, and “getting ready” time so that you are at the recital when you need to be!
Purpose to make it special. Recitals will be a memorable time in your child’s musical journey. Go above and beyond to make it extra special for them. If you can, get them a new outfit that they can wear for the first time at the recital, or just let them wisely choose an outfit that’s appropriate and makes them feel good about themselves. Give a special hug after the recital and snap some pictures so that you can rave how proud you are. Then finally, celebrate. Go grab a treat or give a small celebratory gift to mark the success of the occasion. Make celebration a tradition so your child doesn’t dread recitals, but instead eagerly looks forward to them!
What’s also great about these tips is that many of them can be very special rituals – things you do before, during, and after every recital. Looking forward to the rituals surrounding the recital experience can go a long way in making the experience a very positive and happy one.