Recitals are a great opportunity for your child to really get to know a piece of their choosing, and work towards making it performance ready. They learn about setting goals, managing their time and all aspects of performance; like stage etiquette and controlling their nerves. Your child also knows you value their music when you make time to encourage their practice and attend the performance!

"Music performance teaches young people to conquer fear and take risks.  A little anxiety is a good thing and something that will occur often in life. Dealing with it early and often makes it less of a problem later. Risk-taking is essential if a child is to fully develop his or her potential" 

From Classics for Kids - The Benefits of Music Education


  • Expect to be nervous, remember that almost everyone gets nervous. It's natural. Those butterflies in your stomach will put an exciting edge on your performance. Tell yourself it's not nerves but excitement.
  • Practice performing for friends and family. 
  • Visualize the upcoming performance; waiting for your turn, walking up to the piano, announcing the piece you will play, sitting down and enjoying the opportunity to play your piece(s)!
  • If you make a mistake, keep going and don't stop, as most likely the audience will not be aware. If you keep going after your mistake, you may be able to  "fool" the audience into thinking you've given a note-perfect performance! It's so important to not focus on a mistake but focus on the musicality of the whole performance.
  • Remember to bow. Bowing when the audience claps after you play is a polite way of thanking them for listening
  • Please plan to stay for the entire recital so all students have an audience!
  • Please be courteous to other performers by listening attentively and clapping after the performance
  • Please dress in nice clothing