Learning to perform is a vital tool for music students. These opportunities acquaint students with being on stage, teach them performance etiquette, and equip them to become more confident musicians. Harmonia School provides a variety of performance opportunities for private students.
At Harmonia, all of our students participate in spring juries. A jury involves playing or singing a piece for a panel of highly qualified musicians and educators. In addition to a valuable performance experience, students are provided with written feedback that they can use to improve their musicianship and performance skills.
Harmonia holds four student recitals per year in which students perform a memorized piece of music in front of an audience. Your teacher will let you know which recitals you are invited to participate in. He or she will also help you prepare your music for the performance.
Students who all take lessons with the same teacher are referred to collectively as that teacher’s studio. Teachers will schedule periodic studio workshops in which students sing or play a piece of music for each other in the style of a master class. The teacher will then offer feedback to that student while their studio classmates observe. This is a great way to learn from others, and also build a sense of studio teamwork.
The Honors Recital is an annual spring competition at Harmonia School. Teachers will nominate the students they feel are ready to compete and who also deserve the right to participate in this event. An outside and impartial judge will be invited to judge the audition. The winners will perform at the Honors Recital and receive a trophy.
Chamber Music Opportunities
Chamber Music is a type of composition for small instrumental ensembles which include instruments such as strings, winds, as well as piano. Harmonia teachers will periodically work together to form student chamber ensembles. These ensembles rehearse together regularly, and perform at a recital.
Recital Etiquette for Performers
Appropriate attire choices include dresses/skirts, slacks, button-down dress shirts, suits, etc. Be sure that you can walk, sit, and breathe comfortably in what you are wearing. Tuxedos or gowns are not encouraged. Do not wear shorts, short skirts, flip-flops, heels that are difficult to walk in, or athletic clothing. If you are not sure whether or not what you have picked out is appropriate, ask your teacher!
Teachers will guide students in selecting songs for the recital. If your piece needs accompaniment, your teacher will explain the process for securing an accompanist. Be sure to provide your accompanist with your sheet music two weeks before the recital so that they can practice.
Unless your teacher tells you otherwise, arrive no later than 15 minutes before your recital time. If your teacher permits, walk onto the stage, sit at the piano bench, etc. to become acquainted with the space. Go to the bathroom, drink some water, and settle your nerves before the recital begins.
You will be one of many students who are performing at the recital. When you are not on stage, listen to and enjoy the other performances. There will be programs handed out at the beginning with the order of the performers. The teacher who is running the recital will call your name when it is your turn. Be sure to take a bow when you are finished!
Recital Etiquette for Family and Friends
- Arrive early! If you are late, DO NOT ENTER the theater until you hear applause. Entering in the middle of a performance will distract the audience and the performer.
- Silence your cell phone.
- Our youngest students may get distracted by sounds from the audience. Please encourage siblings to observe quietly.
- Turn off the flash before taking photos.
- If you have to leave early, leave during applause, never in the middle of a performance.
- Going on stage and performing in front of an audience is a huge accomplishment. Always support and celebrate each and every performer!