fall recital

Brian and Anna

Anna and Brian at Fall 2016 Recital


Saturday, December 9th, 4:00 and 6:00pm
Holy Cross Anglican Church
4119 Highway 96 East (Murfreesboro Rd. at Arno)

Do not use GPS--it will take you out Hwy. 96 West!
Instead, click on this link: Google Map


Recital is held twice a year (in May and December) as a celebration of learning. Playing for others develops performance skills, builds confidence, and lets kids share what they've learned during the semester. Participation is expected of all students through high school age.

Memorization is encouraged but not required. Due to the stress of being on stage, I insist all players have their books or sheet music on hand as a backup resource. Even if you don't feel you need it, the pressure of public performance can cause memory slips, so having your sheet music on the stand can save the day.

Many recital pieces are student-teacher duets. You must bring your book if you want me to play the duet with you, as I do not have time to memorize dozens of duet parts.

LEFT: Mei Nakayama with Mr. James after Spring Recital 2017

Recital Etiquette

Recital is a warm and friendly event where students can exhibit the skills acquired during the term. Family and fellow students will be there to enjoy the performances. It is not a competition! Many ages and levels will be represented. To help things run smoothly, please observe the following guidelines:

Dress nicely as you would for church, temple or any special affair. I encourage children to wear the traditional clothing of their ancestral country if they wish.

Arrive 10-15 minutes before the recital begins to find parking and seating.

Remember your book as a backup, even if your piece is memorized. Books are required for all teacher-student duets.

Students should sit with their relatives during the program. Remember to turn off cell phones and pagers—or set on vibrate. Lacey

When your name is called, walk calmly to the front and sit on the bench. Do not bow before you perform--only afterward.

Take a moment to think about your piece before you start. Find your hand position and maintain good posture.

If you make a mistake, stay calm. Try not to make a face. Just continue and most people will not even notice. If you lose your place, find a good starting spot and finish gracefully.

The audience should respect every player and remain quiet during each performance. Non-flash cameras and video cameras are allowed, but flash photography should wait till the performer is finished.

When done, look at the audience, smile sweetly and take a bow or curtsy (like Lacey at right). Then walk back to sit with your family.

Please stay for the entire recital and enjoy the performances!



Performing is a vital component of music study. Students grow by participating in recitals, auditions, competitions or festivals. Students who learn to perform develop many character traits that distinguish them from those who have not had such an opportunity. Performing is a natural outgrowth of the discipline acquired by students who do well in music lessons. They learn to arrive on time for lessons, to schedule regular practice time and to prepare the material assigned to them. Students gain more than the ability to create music on their instrument or an appreciation for music. They realize they have the ability and skills to analyze and overcome new challenges throughout their lives. Students learn that during a public performance they can adjust for missed notes or fingers that become tangled on a difficult passage. They also learn the meaning of adequate preparation, a skill often overlooked. Life is filled with little performances such as school exams or job interviews. Learning to face the challenges of performing will better prepare students to live their lives responsibly.

PHOTO: "Guys in Ties" -- My first recital at Belmont Academy, 12/12/2000

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