is four too few?

Sara said: Jul 30, 2008
191 posts

Hello! I am wondering if four students is enough to have a recital with?

I plan to play as well along with a guest. But I am used to having 15-20 and since I have moved states I am still building my studio but want to give the students I have an opportunity to perform, but don’t want to make it awkward or wierd.


“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Rachel Schott said: Jul 30, 2008
Rachel SchottViolin
Harrogate, TN
127 posts

I don’t think four is too few…especially if the alternative is having no recital at all. Probably your kiddies are beginners, but here are some ideas:

*Invite siblings who study other instruments to perform (and note their teacher in the program)
*Invite parents, or grandparents also to perform and call it ‘family recital’.
*Hold your recital at a coffeeshop, or in a small room with elegant lighting to make it seem intimate and not empty.
*Ask another teacher in your area to collaborate
*Do some group numbers at the end
*Invite students to recite poems as well (Suzuki had students memorize Haiku)

Sara said: Jul 30, 2008
191 posts

Thank you! All very good suggestions! That gives me some ideas and confidence in going through with it.

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Angela said: Jul 30, 2008
Suzuki Association Member
York Springs, PA
33 posts

I agree. When I was first starting out teaching I only had 4 kids or so and I had group, recitals, etc. If you don’t, parents might think my kid can’t play well enough, or, not important enough especially if they stay with the program and see your studio grow. They may wonder why not. Also you want to train them right (The parents that is). You won’t want to make a policy down the road saying all must participate and it be harder for them to change. Wether it’s 4 or 24 how you start your standards now will follow you as your studio grows.

Angela Schlessman

Jennifer Visick said: Jul 31, 2008
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Rachel posted some great ideas. I would add that you can also have each student do more than one piece; a student can do two short pieces in a row, or a couple of students can play a duet together in addition to each of them playing their own solo… (or, look into Kerstin Wartberg’s “Mein Trio Buch” for trios based on the suzuki violin repertoire).

And, much better to have a “short” recital than none at all. Less than half an hour for a recital is just fine!

Sara said: Aug 4, 2008
191 posts

Thanks for the ideas and support!

“What is man’s ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.” Dr. Shinichi Suzuki

Connie Sunday said: Aug 4, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

One thing you could do it take it to a nice retirement home; everyone, students and residents alike, would love it and it would be very informal.

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:

You must log in to post comments.

A note about the discussion forum: Public discussion forum posts are viewable by anyone. Anyone can read the forums, but you must create an account with your email address to post. Private forums are viewable by anyone that is a part of that private forum's group. Discussion forum posts are the opinion of the poster and do not constitute endorsement by or official position of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc.

Please do not use the discussion forums to advertise products or services