Since my studio grew quite a bit this year, I wanted to have an informal recital opportunity that served two purposes. First, I wanted my students to have a chance to get to know each other in a fun setting and second, I wanted to give students a chance to get the hang of performing before our bigger recital at the end of the school year.
In March, we had our Music With Friends recital here at the studio. We started out with a fun ice breaker. In the weeks leading up to the recital, students brainstormed songs to use in a name that tune game. When they arrived at the recital, we split into 2 teams – Tuesday and Thursday students vs. Wednesday students. Each student used a kazoo to play a song for the other team to guess. We had fun mastering our kazoo skills and it was a really close game that required a tie-breaker!
After our Name That Tune game, the students took turns performing for each other. We performed in birthday-order starting with whoever had the next birthday and continuing through the year. Everyone did a great job and it was nice to have a small, friendly audience.
We ended by playing a song all together. Everyone had learned a part of This Old Man from Lynn Freeman Olson’s A Folk Gathering. It has 3 piano parts and 2 percussion parts so we had 3-5 students playing each part. Enjoy this video of our performance!
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