Piano parties vs recitals
Found in: Recitals & Events
Joy O., Alabama
Piano parties: What do you do to keep them different from just a relaxed recital? Or is a relaxed recital okay? I had 16 students play one or two pieces each, and then we had refreshments. No games or anything.
Nancy W., Texas
I try to keep mine relaxed. This year I’m incorporating the titles of pieces into a story. 14 students to play one or two each.
Becc S., Australia
In the past I had piano parties which were different from recitals. At piano parties we played games, and at recitals family members were invited. Two very different events. I would say my recitals were relaxed and having food after was great. It was a party in the sense that kids got to muck around on the instruments after and share some food.
Leeanne I., Australia
I did a song to start off with, a bit silly to get everyone relaxed. Recital pieces next. Break for food, then piano related fames for fun.
Liz A., New Zealand
I have six private students aged 9 through 12 who did not know each other, so I hosted a piano party which was all games and getting to know each other. We played ‘pass the parcel’ with each layer wrapped in a giant diagram from Foundation 1 and Foundation 2 (with title removed) which they had to guess. Once they had had their turn opening the parcel, they got up and play whatever they wanted while the others passed the parcel. We also played musical chairs in the same way without diagrams to guess.
A week before the party they each got a grid with all the letters of the alphabet correlating to the music letters A to C from which they could “play their name” in single notes or chords as a way of introducing themselves. Then we had shared food including a keyboard cake.
The second half of the party was jamming together with two people on one piano, another two on one organ, and one each on keyboard and a piano accordion; very informal and loud! We finished with blowing bubbles. Now everyone has met each other in a relaxed way.