Acknowledging Recital Performances
Francine V., Australia
Today we had a recital. I always struggle with what to say after each student has played their song. Everyone is clapping, then I pop back up again to introduce the next performer. I say “that was great” then the next student I’ll say “that was really good” etc. I feel awkward and uncomfortable when I say that after each student. Today I said nothing after each performance and just introduced the next one – I think I felt worse! I’m thinking for the next time, I’ll just say “thank you Lisa,” “thank you Paul” in between each. Any other better ways?
Gordon Harvey, Australia
“Thank you” is good because it doesn’t discriminate. If they messed up and you try to find some kind of positive spin, that could be good, but it could come across as insincere. But with a simple but genuine “thank you,” you acknowledge their generosity and courage, which is real regardless of the musical outcome.
Leeanne I., Australia
I do it like an interview: ‘what’s your name’ and they answer. Most are too nervous to be up on stage by themselves.
Ruth P., North Carolina
I like to have them introduce themselves and their piece. I think it is part of learning to be in front of folks. Often they will say something about their piece too which is great… adds to the enjoyment for the audience!
I wonder if it would be fun for them to introduce each other? Just a wild idea. Another thought (this comes from my teaching elem. music in the schools) is to have a student who LOVES the limelight be the MC! That can be fun too!
Nancy J., Canada
I don’t introduce anyone (except to call the first person up). I have a program with all their names printed and the songs they are playing so everyone knows who they are. I thank everyone at the end and then afterwards I try and catch as many students as I can to say something encouraging to them about how they played. And if I don’t get them all I send an email or something. I find the recital flows really well, no one gets “special treatment” and I can still say something to them about how they played.
Gabrielle B., Iowa
We just had a performance and one teacher said “congratulations on your musical work” or something to that effect and I really liked that!
Stephen R., California
I introduce everyone when they’re walking up and I have a program. Sometimes I say “Bravo” when they’re done playing. I congratulate all the performers, sometimes at the end when we’re mingling and again at their next lesson. I also do a group photo!
Original discussion started August 15, 2018