By Robin Steinweg
We all know recitals can build excitement for our studios. Could we get even more creative with them? Give folks a performance to remember. Families will talk about it to friends, friends will see clips or photos on Facebook or in emails, and word will spread about the teacher whose students know how to put on a show. Students will be excited to have been a part of it. You’ll probably add to your waiting list as a result. Here are the first five buzz-making recital ideas:
The First Five:
- Food (like Fabers’ “Banana Split,” “Lemonade Stand,” or even “Purple People Eater”)
- Movies (The Lego Movie—“Everything is Awesome;” Frozen—“Let it Go”)
- Broadway (Les Miserables—“Castle On a Cloud;” Annie—“Tomorrow”)
- Animals/Critters (“Flight of the Bumblebee;” “My Puppy Dog”)
- Seasons (“Summertime”)
- Weather (“Stormy Weather,” “Blue Skies,” “Sunny”)
- By the Decade
2. Props, Costumes and Sets
Do you have students who could create sets or backdrops? Parents who love to sew? Folks who might loan props? For ideas, try searching your theme on Pinterest.
3. Traditional Song
Is there a song that’s special to you? Feature it every year. Have all the students learn it. Bring them all up on stage to perform it.
Have your students perform their own compositions. Some ideas to get them going:
- Make a soundtrack to accompany their day. Ask what sorts of sounds would illustrate the day they had.
- Let them pick out 1-2 paint chip samples from a department store—read the names of the colors. That could inspire a song. Or choose nail color names like “You’re in Trouble” or “Mean Mist.”
- What does rain sound like? What does a surprise sound like? A fight on the playground? A ride on a horse? Questions can get their creativity flowing.
- For a switch, have students learn and perform each others’ compositions.
5. Relay Play
Take a hackneyed song like “Heart and Soul” or “Chopsticks” and teach a number of your students to play it like a relay race: one starts, the next slides onto the bench as the first slides off, etc. Never miss a beat! And if someone does miss, it can provide comic relief. All in good fun! Perhaps one student might be brave and play backward!
Name your post-recital snacks to go with the theme. My friend Anita Klumpers (author of Winter Watch) came up with snacks for nursery rhymes, most of which are also songs:
- Humpty Dumpty’s Deviled Eggs
- Three Little Pigs-in-a-Blanket
- Three Blind Mice Cheese Tray
(Anita’s got me going now: how about Little Miss Muffet Cheese Curds? Pat-a-Cake Cake? Peas Pudding Hot—with vanilla pudding cups tinted green? Next to your plates and flatware, a sign saying “…and the dish ran away with the spoon.”) See more ideas on Pinterest: nursery rhyme foods.
Start planning now for your next studio recital. Get some students in on the ground floor, brainstorming with you. The more involved they are, the more excited they’ll be.
Have you done any of these? Join me on June 27 for Another Five Buzz-Making Recital Ideas, and on July 27 for the Final five Buzz-Making Recital Ideas!
(find ideas for a more relaxed recital here: relaxed recital)