Category Archives: recitals / performances

My Christmas Recital – Slideshow of Photo Highlights

As promised, here is a slideshow of photos from my student’s recent Christmas recital/party.  Enjoy! httpv:// Click here to read about the three games we played after the recital.

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Christmas Recital/Party Success! – Games

Well, my students’ Christmas party/recital was a success!   What a great way to finish off the year. The recital took place in my home.  Whenever my college music history textbooks mentioned Schubertiads, I used to dream about the idea of having informal music performance parties in my home.  Since my studio is still small, […]

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Studio Christmas Party Update – Food!

My apologies for being MIA from the blog the last few weeks!  At the beginning of the semester, I put up posters around the music building of the university in my town for freelancing as a collaborative pianist.  A few music majors contacted me rather last minute to ask if I’d accompany them for their […]

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Christmas Events

I finally started my Christmas shopping this past weekend, and this morning I sightread some Christmas duets with a piano teacher friend of mine. :) Now I’m really starting to feel in the Christmas spirit! This December, I’m planning a studio Christmas Party for my students. I’ve never done anything like this before, but I […]

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Teacher Feature | Shauna Leavitt

October is here, and so is another Teacher Feature!  Meet Shauna from the Leavitt Piano Studio in Viginia! Name: Shauna Leavitt Area: Herndon, VA Website: Please tell us about your piano and/or teaching background: Background:  I started teaching when I was 16 with the assistance of my mother who runs a successful piano studio in […]

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Teacher Feature | Diane Heath

The new month brings us a new teacher feature!  Say hello to Diane, everyone! Name: Diane Heath Studio name: Heath Music Studio Website: Please tell us about your piano and/or teaching background. I teach part-time, with a studio of 20 – 25 students, and am also a church musician in Washington, DC.  For over twenty years I’ve […]

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Tips for a Successful First Studio Recital

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a reader asking advice regarding planning a studio recital for the first time.  For the sake of others who might be in the same situation, I decided to create a whole post about this topic — read on. Q: How do I decide what kind of music to […]

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NCKP 2011 | (9) Your Student Recitals, Live on the Internet!

Your Student Recitals, Live on the Internet!  by Mario Ajero, Shana Kirk, George Litterst, and Stella Sick.  Th @ 2:15pm. During this session, the presenters told us all about the benefits, feasibility, and equipment needed to broadcast your student recitals live on the internet. Streaming your student recitals online can allow you to reach distant […]

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Recital Roses and an Update on Life

Today I wanted to share a photo from my university’s Community Music School recital a few weeks ago!  This is one of my wonderful students who I unfortunately must leave behind now that we are moving.  :(  I will miss all my students! My fellow teachers and I bought roses to give out to all […]

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Just Added: Recital Program Template #3

It’s recital season! Have you held your spring recital yet?  If you haven’t, here’s a new recital program template you are free to use if you like! I currently have two recital templates on my Printables page and they are very popular downloads.  This one is in color, although it still looks pretty good in […]

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Practice Performing

Perhaps you are wondering why there is a picture of a bunch of stuffed animals for this post.  Haha, I’ll get to that in a moment! My private students are preparing to play for the university’s Community Music School recital tomorrow!  There will be about 12 students performing, 4 of which are my students.  For […]

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Forum Q&A | Memorization for Performances: Required or Optional?

Last week we discussed how to teach legato pedaling to students, and we got a few great responses – click here to check them out!  As always, feel free to add your thoughts to the discussion! This week, we are considering the topic of memorization.  I’ve seen great discussions about this topic on many websites […]

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