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.
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.
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.
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.)
Here are some highlights from my studio's 2015 Halloween Recital. What will yours look like next year?
Pieces in the Video:
- Dear Mr. Pumpkin by June Montgomery
- Ghosts on Halloween from Piano Town Primer Halloween
- Ghosts of the Piano by Robert Vandall
- The Lonely Wraith by Jason Sifford from The Creeps
- Windy Weather & Journey into the Night
from Accent On the Seasons by William Gillock
- Autumn Sketch from Lyric Preludes in Romantic Style by William Gillock
- The Storm by Frederic Burgmuller from Essential Classics Volume Six
- March of the Dwarfs (arranged for four-hands) from Easy Classical Piano Duets
- Wuthering Heights by Diane Hidy from Attention Grabbers Book Three
- Arachnophobia by Jason Sifford from The Creeps
- Melody by Edvard Grieg from the Lyric Pieces
- Theme from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber
- Witches' Dance by Edward MacDowell from Essential Classics Volume Ten