This afternoon the studio had it’s winter recital for 2016. Students worked hard and did a lot of practicing – thanks to everyone for sharing their music!
A lot of preparation is involved in learning recital music. Practicing pieces to learn notes, rhythm, and dynamics (and all the rest) is the first step, but as recitals get closer, students start getting used to performing. Playing for family, recording themselves, and doing a practice run through are some ways. In the studio, students rehearsed their pieces for Rudolph, who was an enthusiastic audience member. He did a great job helping students remember to bow.
At today’s recital, students performed a number of solo pieces and some ensemble pieces. There were a few piano duets, a piano and clarinet piece, a piano and clarinet quartet, and a piano and violin duo. One student played a piece she composed herself, which was really fun to hear. We finished up the concert with everyone playing ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ together – some on piano, and many on various percussion instruments.
Thanks everyone for taking part – the residents at Stensrud Lodge undoubtedly enjoyed the music, and it’s a fun way to celebrate all the pieces students have learned so far this term!