Every year at recital time, parents ask, “What do the kids do for the recital?” It’s a valid question—after all, Let’s Play Music is not like traditional piano lessons, so what would that recital look like?
Recitals for first and second year students have two goals:
- Demonstrate how much we have learned over the past year, and show how we have learned it.
- Celebrate each student and their progress.
With those two goals in mind, this is what a Let’s Play Music recital looks like for first and second year students—
As a teacher, I pick 8-10 songs for each first year and second year that demonstrate a wide range of the skills the students have been working on. Some of the songs will have bell accompaniment, some will have autoharp accompaniment, and some will have piano accompaniment. The first-year students have been practicing playing 2 out of those 3 instruments, so they will help accompany the group on bells and autoharp. The second-year students have been learning to accompany while playing piano, so they will help with the piano accompaniment.
Bell assignments and keyboard assignments are done as a group, which is always a relief to these young children.
We will also demonstrate one of our puppet shows—how could we not?! They are “Sol-fun”!
This year the first-year students demonstrated “Magic Lamp,” which is actually “Aragonaise” from Georges Bizet Carmen.
The second-year students were excited to show how much they love Johannes Brahms “Hungarian Dance No. 5”
At the end, we celebrate each child and their progress. Let’s Play Music is all about teaching a strong musical foundation and skills that a child can apply to any instrument. We are not a performing group, and we don’t spend a lot of time in class perfecting the recital pieces. Still, the students have so much fun showing off their stuff and it is a great night for all of us!
When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything!