Students meet and play for renowned American composer Melody Bober
The goals of our piano recitals are to celebrate each student's progress and achievements, to hear a variety of piano music, and to have a positive experience of sharing music with others.
All students perform at our annual spring recital. We hold occasional Christmas recitals as well. Friends and family are welcome to attend. DVDs are produced of each recital and made available for purchase.
Recent Recital Performances
Student Performance Tips
Students should dress up for the recital (slacks, skirts, or dresses). Practice your recital pieces wearing your recital clothes and shoes. Beware of bracelets, rings, short skirts, and high heels--they may not contribute to a smooth performance!
- Walk to the piano and adjust the bench.
- Sit on the bench from the far side. Place your foot over the pedal.
- Take a deep breath!
- Listen to the piece in your head. What tempo and loudness will you start at?
- Put your fingers on the first notes.
- Play with the tempo and loudness you have just chosen. Keep playing no matter what!
- Place your hands in your lap.
- Stand and face the audience. Bow from the waist, counting to 3 as you look at your toes.
- After bowing, pick up your books, smile and walk back to your seat.
Recital Tips for Parents
- Prepare the student by holding a home recital. Sit down as an audience. Have the student walk to the piano and perform. When they finish, clap, and have them bow to acknowledge the applause.
- Celebrate! After the recital is a great opportunity to take your student "out on the town" and celebrate their accomplishments in piano over the past year!
Family and friends are welcome to attend our recitals! Piano performance is a difficult task that requires concentration, and we as the audience must be respectful and attentive.
- Doors open 15 minutes prior to recital start time.
- Students and audience members are expected to attend the entire program. Don't enter or leave while a recital is in progress.
- The recital is not an appropriate time to text or play games on a phone. The students have spent hours of hard work preparing their music, and they deserve our full attention.
- Children are expected to sit in their seat without talking for the entire program. Please arrange a babysitter for any children who are too young to sit quietly and enjoy the recital. If a child isn't sitting quietly in their seat, we will have you take them outside.
- Don't distract your performer or the audience by leaving your seat to take photos, or by using flash. Remember here will be plenty of time after the recital to photograph your student at the piano.