Freshman & Sophomore Recital Participation

  • Department recitals are held at the end of every semester.  These are an opportunity for music students to grow by the preparation process involved with a solo or more technical musical performance, and help set goals for the private lesson experience.
  • All music students are encouraged to participate in the department recital each semester.  Specific music jury levels will require a certain number of recitals as a parallel requirement for degree completion.
  • The student works closely with their private lesson instructor to choose repertoire, prepare for the event, and learn recital etiquette at this level.

Juniors & Senior Recital Participation

  • Freshman and sophomore department recitals are an important preparation for the planning and experience of upper-classmen recitals.  Learning about choosing  repertoire with your private lesson instructor, how to practice and prepare that piece, as well as the actual presentation of it in an event are key elements to prepare for this next level of performance.

The following is a short guide to some of the basic things to be aware of for Junior and Senior recitals:

  1. Your recital requirements may be determined by the juries and program that you are in.
  2. In addition to taking private lessons, a class called “Recital Workshop” is also taken that assists with the administration and planning for junior/senior recitals.
  3. Expectations: Junior recitals are generally 20 minutes or longer in length, Senior recitals 40 minutes or more.
  4. A vocal recital will require several repertoire pieces to fill a program.  Work with the private lesson instructor to select these, but it’s always good no matter what instrument a student plays (including voice) to be thinking ahead of pieces to prepare and perform.
  5. The purpose of a recital isn’t simply to give students a more demanding experience, or something different to do.  Recitals are the chance to grow musically, and then celebrate that in a creative way.  Being creative makes it memorable for the student and their audience!
  6. Junior & Senior recitals are traditionally done in the spring.  If a student believes they may be prepared at another time in the school year, discuss this with the private lesson instructor or faculty advisor to see what options are available.  A lot of planning simply has to do with finding dates that don’t conflict with something else happening on our busy campus!
  7. Students get more tips and helps in Recital Workshop but here’s a few:  a) Play your piece(s) for as many friends, family members, etc. you. b) Cost: there may be some cost involved with making a recital happen, for items like equipment, food, décor, etc.  c) Communicate with your accompanist if you have one, and make sure they can commit to the task ahead.  d) Enjoy the experience!

For all performing students – always, always, ask your private lesson instructor or faculty advisor about any questions you have as you look ahead and think about your recital!