Performing for an audience is an important part of the learning process. In this section of your policy you will want to outline the type and number of performances you want your students to participate in. You may want to address the following points, if applicable:
- How many recitals a year will you hold? Are they mandatory?
- Are family and friends invited to the recitals?
- How many pieces will they be expect to know for the recital? Will they need to memorize their music?
- Some teachers require students play a certain number of “casual” recitals before they perform in a more formalized setting. A casual recital may include playing at school, nursing homes, church, in your studio for other students, for family members, etc.
- Do you require your students to participate in musical festivals and competitions? If so, how many per year? What are the fess for the festivals your studio participates in? Festivals can be stressful so a parent may want to know if you require this, especially if their child does not handle stress or competition well.
Generally, I hold a year-end recital in late May or early June. Students are expected to learn and memorize 2-3 songs to perform for other students and family. This is an important part of the musical process: learning to share and perform. Students on my waiting list are encouraged to attend the recital with their parents.
I encourage my students to perform in casual settings as often as possible. This is not required, but strongly recommended.