Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I used to worry that as my children's only teacher, they were missing out on being a part of a studio and doing the typical studio things like recitals. Then I decided I was being silly and had my own. Recitals don't have to be stodgy, terrifying experiences. I have some friends who have children who take lessons and I invited them all to our house for a evening concert. The ones that wanted to participate prepared for it, and one friend actually taught her kids just so they could join in! Her 3 year old daughter played a piece I named "Tiny Sonata in in C, first movement" - which was her getting up and finding middle C and playing it for us. It was so sweet! My mom was visiting so she accompanied some of the violinists too, although we also thought about hiring a local pianist to be our official accompanist. Maybe if mom isn't visiting that will be our plan next time.
I printed up a little program, the kids dressed up or dressed down, and took their turns standing in front of the crowd and bowing, playing, then bowing again. Then we put the instruments away and had root beer floats. It was a blast! Giving the kids goals to work towards - even a simple house concert - are fabulous motivation tools. And if you look and the Dude's face, you can see how great it makes them feel when they accomplish something. It was his first time playing for an audience, and after seeing all the other kids playing piano, insisted on starting piano lessons the next day. It's going great so far, but that's a whole other post.
Plus it was a great motivation for me to get the house all cleaned up. Win-win!
Posted by Master P at 1:39 PM