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Halloween's Magic

Leo has always loved Halloween. This year he out did himself!

A Halloween Recital can be just the boost you and your students need heading into the winter months. Because Halloween falls so early in the fall semester (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) it takes a little planning. You'll have to hit the ground running in the fall, but it's completely worth it.

The studio fireplace decorated by the students this year.

If you've never done a Halloween recital before, pencil one into your teaching calendar for next year. Spend the year tucking away pieces that amuse and charm you and in October you will be ready to have a recital experience that will :

  • Give your students of all ages a practical, substantial and light-hearted performance opportunity early in the year. This is especially useful for new transfer students and absolute beginners.
  • Afford your students a myriad of ways to explore sounds and modes in an appealing, nonjudgmental way.
  • Engage your students' imaginations and free you, the teacher, from concerns about assessments and auditions. 
  • Expose you and your students to the wide range of of fabulous Halloween music. 

Added bonus: It's hard to get worried about one's performance when dressed as a shark.

New kid in the studio meeting the other girls her age.

New kid in the studio meeting the other girls her age.

At our first master class of the year, we decorate the studio for Halloween. It's an excellent way to build community within the studio as younger and older kids help each other transform the usually much more conservative studio space.

Mary working on the cobwebs in 2015

Mary working on the cobwebs in 2015

I schedule the recital on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween, whenever that may come. We follow it with a big potluck supper. (Another chance to build community.) 

The twins in true Halloween spirit.

The twins in true Halloween spirit.

Here are some highlights from my studio's 2015 Halloween Recital. What will yours look like next year? 

Pieces in the Video:

Sabine and Iliana in 2014

Sabine and Iliana in 2014

 

Be sure to check out my new Holiday Wish List for 2015.

Be sure to check out my new Holiday Wish List for 2015.

Decorating in 2014

Decorating in 2014

Cole "Cleans Up His Hand"

Cole "Cleans Up His Hand"

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