We believe recitals are a wonderful opportunity for our students in order to build their performance confidence, to encourage additional practice, to learn from other students, and to meet other SC Music Lessons students, families, and instructors. It's a great opportunity for us all to support one another!
A recital coordinator is an instructor with strong organizational and communication skills that is chosen by the company to organize a recital program for their own students, and also include other instructors, to average 20-30 students per recital program.
Once an instructor is teaching 20 SC Music Lessons students, they become their own recital coordinator. At that time, SC Music Lessons provides resources for structuring and organizing the recital program to allow for continuity across the board. SC Music Lessons is always available to provide support and resources as needed for all instructors.
Instructor partners are assigned to recital coordinators in January/February and then again July/August. Recital Coordinators communicate the chosen recital date with instructor partners 2 months in advance, requesting all student names and song titles be emailed 2 weeks prior to recital date.
A preferred selection and a secondary selection must be submitted for each student, allowing the recital coordinator to reduce duplicate songs, where possible. Additionally, typically each student performs one selection; however, if there is low student participation in the recital, the student may be able to perform both of their selections.
Q: Are all instructors required to attend the recital? A: Only the recital coordinator is required to attend the recital; however, all instructors are encouraged to attend to support their students.
Q: How do I encourage my students to participate in recital? A: Try the following steps to encourage immediate or future participation:
#1) Present recital in a fun, relaxed way! For example, “In a couple of months a lot of students are going to get together to share songs they’ve been learning. What would you like to share?”
#2) If a student is hesitant, provide encouragement or share your own performing experiences. If they still do not want to perform at solo, offer a duet. For example, “That makes complete sense, especially since it’d be your first time performing. I tell you what, how about we play a duet together so that everyone can hear how great you’ve are doing but that way you won’t be by yourself, I’ll be right there with you.”
#3) If a student still does not want to play a solo or a duet, encourage them to attend the recital so they have a better idea of the experience and can maybe participate in the future!
Q: Is any music “off limits” for recital? A: During lessons, any music can be taught as long as the parent is comfortable with the song choices. At recital, however, we always err on the side of caution to ensure that every person attending feels at ease. Under no circumstance is cursing allowed and any “darker” topics (e.g., suicide, abuse, etc) are not allowed to be performed at recital as it could be a potential trigger for audience members with trauma.
Q: Can my students also perform at non-SC Music Lessons opportunities? A: Absolutely! The more opportunities a student has for performance, the better! The top priority, however, is ensuring students participate in the SC Music Lessons recitals.