Here’s a few reasons why I perform alongside my students at our studio recitals.
1: It creates an opportunity for my students to hear me play. They shouldn’t be surprised that, yes, their piano teacher can perform and play quite nicely! ;)
2: It gives me a goal to practice towards. This is good for me! It makes me practice.
3: By putting myself through the same performance situation as my students, I stay in touch with what it feels like for my students. Empathy helps me be a better teacher as my students go through the recital preparation process.
4: It creates an opportunity for me to be a good model for my students, in terms of conducting myself onstage, playing well, etc.
5: It’s fun to pick out and perform a special piece to show my students.
I’m curious: Do YOU perform alongside your students at studio recitals?
Edit: Here’s some fun ideas: What To Play at Your Students’ Recitals.