Post-recital with student and his parents
Post-recital with student and his parents

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The group photo after the Christmas 2013 recital
The group photo after the Christmas 2013 recital

Michelle, Maya, Jaden et al

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Student concentrating
Student concentrating

Matt Z. concentrating

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    A spring and winter recital are held each year.  Students of all levels prepare 2-3 memorized pieces to play in front of an audience composed of family members and friends.  Before the pandemic the recitals were held at a local retirement home and the residents made up the greater part of the audience (they got free entertainment!).  But since May of 2020 the recitals have been all online and no less a wonderful event for student and audience alike.  The bonus of the virtual recital is the student's grandparents who live in New York can also be a part of the audience!

    I am a firm believer in the benefit of recitals.  Students learn the skill of memorizing music, gain confidence performing in front of an audience and grow from the entire experience of preparation, performance and post-performance, building their character.  And it is good for the student to see and hear other students perform.  I help the student pick recital pieces from their lesson repertoire that they enjoy, can play well and also stretches them a little. Parents of my music students are always delighted with the recitals.  As the photos show of the in-person recitals, there is lots of variety showcasing all the talented students.   Some students play a duet with another student, or I may accompany on piano, congas, sax or harmonica a student performing their duet or solo piece .   The recital is a very rewarding experience for all concerned.

**UPDATE**  In June I held the 3rd virtual recital.  Three adult students and a child performed:  two piano students from Tallahassee, a harmonica student from St. George Island, and a sax student from Miami Beach.  The audience watched from Tallahassee, Tampa, New York state and I forget where else since there were so many watching!  I closed out the recital with three songs.  The recital was a great success!