Recitals and End of Year Concert
TERM RECITALS AND WORKSHOPS
One of our aims is to build up confident pianists. Whether students are playing in front of family and friends, examiners or for a concert audience, preparation for performing needs to be ongoing in order for students to reach the point where they become more and more comfortable playing in front of others and performance becomes a more natural task. Our Studio Recitals are aimed at helping students to achieve this. Recital work-shops are one hour small group sessions (8-10 students) that take place instead of the last lesson of each term. In the first half of these sessions students are expected to introduce themselves and play a couple of pieces in front of other students of similar level to theirs, in a very friendly and relaxed environment. The second half of the session consists of a practical workshop with the presentation of some musical concept or topic. For younger students the workshop incorporates topic-related music games or activities. For older students, the workshop is more a tutorial format. We usually enjoy some light refreshments together afterwards. Our Studio recitals provide excellent opportunities for students to :
gain performance experience
build up their confidence
set objective goals for every term
encourage and be encouraged by their peers
socialise with other students.
END OF YEAR CONCERT
The end of year concert takes place in the first or second week of December. Students are encouraged to perform in an auditorium filled with family and friends who are excited to see their loved ones perform and share their achievements from the years work. The concert is followed by an awards ceremony in which all students are acknowledged is some way and academic excellence and achievement is recognised. Performance in this concert is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged. From past years experience, most students are keen and happy to play at these concerts as they have gained the confidence to perform throughout the year at the Studio recitals.