- Select music: A few months before recital, help students chose what they will play at recital. Recital pieces should really interest the student, and motivate them to keep playing! Consider a theme – for example, have several students play a Mozart piece, or a particular style like ragtime. Or pick more than one theme and group students together by theme.
- Consider how the recital will flow: Will it be too long (say, longer than 2 hours?). You may need to divide up the students into two or more groups. Decide if you will introduce each student or have them introduce themselves. Consider giving out awards or special recognitions at the end.
- Select a site: Some obvious places to hold a recital include churches, libraries, and school auditoriums or music rooms. Some music stores also have space for recitals. While some of these options may be expensive, you may be surprised at how little some organizations will charge for the use of their space for a recital. Ask around – where do other teachers in your area go for their recitals? Some students may even be willing to host the recital in their own home. Be sure the space has enough room for all or your students, with all the equipment you need (a piano, sound system, etc.).
- Select a date: Weekends tend to be a busy time for families, so try a week night. Ask your students what night might be best for them. Be sure to schedule way ahead of time.
- Calculate costs: Estimate the total cost to you (site rental, programs) and decide on a recital fee. Your time is valuable too, so consider adding additional costs to compensate for your work!
- Inform your students: As soon as you have a place, time, and fee, inform all of your students via email and newsletter. Remind them all again about 3 weeks from the recital.
- Print a program: Anyone can make up a simple program at their home computer, or take it to a printer for a more professional look. Be sure to also hand out business cards or other information on lessons – a recital is a great time to promote your studio!
Remember to have fun too.