2016 Studio Recital

My studio recital this year was held in March, but I’m blogging about it today! I have lots of pictures to share.

In this photo, I’m welcoming the audience to our 2016 Studio Recital.

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Our venue this year was the historic Pemberville Opera House. It is so beautiful inside, and they have a wonderful piano.

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I kicked things off by playing an arrangement of Moon River.

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Did you notice the projector screen in that last photo?

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The venue allowed me to use their projector system, so I was able to do something I’ve always wanted to do for a studio recital: show student artwork with each piece being performed.

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During the weeks prior to the recital, I collected student artwork to accompany their recital pieces.

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I scanned all of the artwork and then inserted the images into a Powerpoint slideshow. 

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This project opened many doors for discussions during lessons about how to go about expressing a particular mood or subject through our playing.

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After the recital, I received feedback from a number of audience members about how enjoyable it was to have the visual component of the artwork during the recital.

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It’s something I definitely plan to do again next year!

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We had a couple of duets on the program…

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Everyone did such a nice job.

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I’m so proud of each and every one of my students.

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We had a great recital.

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Here, I’m making closing remarks.

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As is our tradition, I presented each student with a recital rose afterwards.

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I really love this group photo.

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Here’s hoping that your studio recital this year goes/went fabulously!

Joy Morin is a piano teacher in northwest Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. ColorInMyPiano.com serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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  1. Posted 5 May 2016 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    This is wonderful, Joy! What a beautiful setting and I love the artwork idea. You inspired me to host my first studio recital years ago and it’s become one of my favorite days of the year. Thank you!

    • Posted 9 May 2016 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

      I’m honored to have helped inspire you to hold your first studio recital, Laura!

  2. Lori Dawkins
    Posted 5 May 2016 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    What a great idea to use the student’s artwork. I love it. I also think it is really great that you give them a rose at the end of the recital. You are making special memories for your students and their families.

  3. Linda Hyland
    Posted 6 May 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    Such a warm, lovely venue! I do love the idea of artwork and aside from just hanging their art up before each of their performances, which would take extra time, I don’t know any other way to do this except for using a projector as you did. Either way, it does really add to the performance…for the audience and preparation of the student both.

  4. Anita Powell
    Posted 6 May 2016 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful, Joy! The artwork is wonderful idea! Would love to hear some selections… especially your rendition of Moon River, it’s one of my all-time favorite melodies!
    Keep up the great work. You are an inspiration to those of us who’ve been teaching a long time (still young-at-heart!).

  5. Becky Barber
    Posted 7 May 2016 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for posting this! I, too, for the first time used a powerpoint presentation on a screen showing animals representing their piece. Our theme was “Creatures Great and Small.” We discussed pictures we found off the internet that portray the mood, etc. Students also submitted original art that we used to decorate the entry wall to the recital hall. I didn’t get as much participation on that as I would have liked.but your idea to put their original art work on the screen is wonderful!!

  6. Roberto
    Posted 7 May 2016 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Hermoso trabajo, una siembra que a su tiempo se aprecia muy buenos resultados, bendiciones para usted.

  7. Rebeca Coffman
    Posted 9 May 2016 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Wow! I love how the students get to see how one work of art can inform the other. What a great concept!

  8. Posted 9 May 2016 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Really effective idea with the art work projected behind the piano. Looks like the recital was a huge success! Congratulations

  9. Leeanne
    Posted 12 May 2016 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your pictures and comments, Joy! Very inspiring! I was wondering if your students sit with parents until it is their turn to play? I usually have them all seated together in the first few rows, but I’m wondering if they feel more relaxed if they sit with their families. What are your thoughts?
    Thank you!

    • Posted 19 May 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      I like having students sit with their families — but that’s just my preference!

  10. Frances
    Posted 15 June 2016 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful post! I used your “recital rose” idea at my own studio recital a couple of weeks age, and was very pleased with it. It’s a simple, beautiful idea, and it made the group photos turn out great! :)

  11. Sandra Wynn
    Posted 2 July 2016 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    Joy, The roses for your students reminds me of the recital with my students the day before Mother’s Day when my students presented their mothers with a.roses after they played their piece. It was sweet and touching for parents and students. Keep up your good work and fresh ideas.

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