Recital Preparation for You and Your Students

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Recital Preparation for You and Your Students

  1. 1. Recital Preparation for You and Your Students The steps to execute a top notch recital! Monet Payne Community Manager TakeLessons.com
  2. 2. Topics to be covered <ul><li>Imagine… </li></ul><ul><li>Definition: Top Notch Recital </li></ul><ul><li>Five “Ws” </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Up </li></ul><ul><li>Recital Challenge </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>If you were told that you would never have an opportunity to perform again… </li></ul><ul><li>How would that make you feel? </li></ul>Imagine
  4. 4. My Experience
  5. 5. How do we define a top notch recital? <ul><li>An outlet for a student to find their way in the world through music. </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger is not necessarily better. </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to give your students a voice – very important! </li></ul><ul><li>They’ll stick around, and they’ll love you even more! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s easier than you think… </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why <ul><li>FAQ – “Does the teacher provide recitals for their students?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advertise on your profile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Retention </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides proof of where their money is going </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides a “WOW” experience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self-Confidence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunity for recognition </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What <ul><li>Open Lesson = Instant recital! </li></ul><ul><li>Gives students a chance to perform and show what they have accomplished in front of their friends and family. </li></ul><ul><li>Simple to execute, and just as effective! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More intimate than stuffy recital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Showcase student progress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chance for learning and growth </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Who <ul><li>Don’t call it a recital…get creative! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Open Mic Night” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids/Teens </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Soiree” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Gig” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Open House” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Showcase” </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Where <ul><li>Your Home Studio: </li></ul><ul><li>Free performance space </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t have </li></ul><ul><li>a home studio: </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s home </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss with parents </li></ul>
  10. 10. When <ul><li>Communication & Action Plan </li></ul><ul><li>3 weeks out: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss performance with student & parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Which pieces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Expectations about memorization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Stage” presence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction of pieces </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attire </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give student clear instructions for what to prepare </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. When (Action Plan) <ul><li>2 weeks – Send Evite (electronic invitation) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evite Template </li></ul></ul>Dear Jones Family, You are cordially invited to attend Jimmy’s Showcase! This is a very special opportunity for your family and friends to watch Jimmy perform. Host: Monet Payne, Jimmy's voice teacher Phone: 555-555-5555 When: March 17th at 4:00 pm Where: Monet's Home Studio Address, City Zip Please RSVP to let me know how many will be attending by <date>. Refreshments will be provided
  12. 12. When (Action Plan) <ul><li>1 week – Dress rehearsal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Start to finish </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introductions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Run through pieces without stopping </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What went well, what to work on </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Constructive criticism </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Positives and negatives </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remind parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In person/phone/email – just make sure to confirm! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. When (Action Plan) <ul><li>Day of Performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Viewing area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up and have technology ready to go before the family arrives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have FUN introductions created to intro each student on to the “stage” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Refreshments </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Technology <ul><li>Record </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DVD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CD </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stream it live </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ustream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family members can watch who cannot make it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weezic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student can perform with an orchestra, for free! </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Follow Up <ul><li>Personalized certificate </li></ul>
  16. 16. Follow Up <ul><li>Teacher to Attendees: After the performance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss student’s improvements and accomplishments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pride for your student, passion for teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship building </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher to Student: At the next lesson </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What went well? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What could have gone better? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How can you help your student better prepare for next time? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. What are you waiting for?
  18. 18. Recital Challenge <ul><li>Put on an informal recital! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule a recital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CC me on the invitation email: mpayne@takelessons.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TakeLessons T-Shirt provided! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Send me pictures and/or a video! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I’ll feature you on the TakeLessons Facebook page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll be entered in a drawing to win $50! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadline: April 15 th , 2011 </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Upcoming Webinars <ul><li>Topic: TBA </li></ul><ul><li>April 6 th 7:30 am (California time) </li></ul><ul><li>April 7 th 7:30 am (California time) </li></ul><ul><li>April 7 th 3:30 pm (California time) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Q&A

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