My students just had their annual recital last night, and the music they made is still dancing in my head today.
I am not a fan of formal recitals. It is already nerve-racking to perform and I believe that recital time should be a celebration of music instead of a test or competition. Students get the chance to share their hard work and get immediate feedback from glorious applause. They also get the opportunity to see where they will be in future years as they listen to others play.
Last night, about 45 people–musicians, family members and friends–gathered at the beautiful home of 3 of my students. The potluck of snacks and desserts left a sweet taste in everyone’s mouths. My newest students appeared shy at the start, but a jumping session on the trampoline and an impromptu basketball game gave them the chance to meet new friends. (And also provided them with a release from pre-concert jitters!)
Piano Party night is my favorite event all year. I relish the growth that each student demonstrates. It gives me a chance to see how each student is musically unique, with their own set of challenges and strengths. It is always a night full of joy!