Should the teacher participate in the recital?

Amber said: Jan 17, 2013
Amber Walton-Amar
Suzuki Association Member
Toronto, ON
5 posts

I am a new Suzuki teacher. My students are well prepared for their first studio recital, which includes three ensemble pieces to close the program. I am very pleased that they are capable of playing all three pieces without me and that they no longer need me in order to keep things together. Would it be better to let them perform on their own—building their confidence and unity as a group, as well as demonstrating to their parents that they have learned numerous skills which enable them to function under their own direction? Or, to play along with them and include my sound and presence with their own, strengthening that bond and allowing their parents to perceive my positive musical interactions with their children.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated!


Essie Liu said: Jan 17, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
26 posts

Hi Amber. Since you have three pieces, why not let them independently play two of them, then you can join in one piece, let’s say, which might be comparablely difficult for them to control by themselves, or a piece that your joining may help promoting the performance atmosphere? That way you can demonstrate the abilities of students and yourself as well. Actually I’m going to do the same thing to my studio concert in two weeks.

Good luck with the recital. Have great fun!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Janie said: Jan 18, 2013
 Violin, Recorder, Viola
Glenwood Springs, CO
16 posts

Congratulations Amber on getting your students to such a high level of performance. You should be happy to show off the skills and independence. your students have gained. I love the idea of you picking one piece in which to join them to add to the ambiance. In the alternative, you could play a piece on your own. Have a wonderful recital—let us know how it turns out.


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