Our Recitals at
The Music Studio Atlanta

If you already take lessons at The Music Studio Atlanta, no matter your age or level, you will be encouraged to participate in our performance opportunities. Our low pressure recitals are a great way to enhance your performance experience! We know there are so many benefits that come from participating such as confidence, dedication, goal-setting, managing anxiety and more. Isn't that something we all want for ourselves and our children?

Girl holding a microphone while singing on a stage with drum set in the background at The Music Studio Atlanta's Winter Recitals
a young girl playing a piano in front of a window

Check out our upcoming recital opportunities!

The Music Studio’s Spring Recitals are next on May 5th, 6th, and 7th, and you still have plenty of time to plan something wonderful to share with family, teachers and friends! Our Christmas Holiday Recitals this year are on December 1st, 2nd and 3rd. If you would like an extra special and unique performance opportunity, consider joining our Destination Performance trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April! 

10 Amazing Benefits Students Gain
through Musical Performance

  1. Goal-setting — Students who perform in recitals need to be able to set and reach musical goals in a limited time frame. This tends to result in better practice habits, increased focus on learning, and more willingness to push through challenges to get a piece ready for performance. 
  1. Perseverance — The amount of practice required to prepare a piece for performance teaches students to push through and keep trying even when things get challenging, and it enables them to hone their skills as they aim for excellence in their playing. Many teachers notice a significant advance in students’ level of playing after they take part in a recital. 
  1. Self-Expression & Communication — Performing music is not just about being able to play a piece accurately. Often the best and most engaging performers are not the ones who can play a piece “perfectly” without missing a note, but those who can draw the audience into their love of music through their own individual interpretation and expression of it. Anyone can do this!
  1. Vulnerability & Courage — Performing can be difficult, especially for young children and first-time performers. It requires courage for students to face the fear of being on stage in front of a lot of people, and vulnerability to express themselves in front of others with the potential of making mistakes or experiencing performance anxiety. Sometimes the first few attempts are scary and difficult, but time and time again we have seen these students find their stride and become wonderful performers eventually!
  1. Compassion & Empathy — Since students at recitals not only play their own pieces, but also get to listen to others perform as well, they learn not just the skills of a good performer, but also how to show the compassion, empathy and support of a good audience. 
  1. Performance Experience & Stage Presence — Playing in recitals is an important part of helping students develop stage presence and gain confidence in front of an audience. Students who have experience performing musical pieces in front of an audience are much more likely to be comfortable with public speaking and presentation when they grow older. 
  1. Celebration & Recognition for Hard Work — Music students have to put in a significant amount of time, effort and focus to learn to play well. Recitals and performance opportunities celebrate their musical achievements and recognize the hard work it took to get there. Students are further motivated to continue learning and practicing when their efforts are acknowledged and appreciated by parents, teachers, and peers. At The Music Studio we try to make this experience extra special for students by awarding trophies for each recital they participate in. 
  1. Reflection — When students perform in a recital, they are naturally inclined to reflect on their past recitals and how far they have come. Maybe their level has advanced a lot, or they gained more confidence on stage. Perhaps they watch other students play and remember being beginner-level students or first-time performers too. This chance to reflect on how far they have come also allows students to dream of how far they may go in the future, giving them further motivation about learning music.
  1. Inspiration & Community — Students enjoy the special support of family, friends, peers and teachers during recitals. Their own efforts and achievements are celebrated, and they are welcomed into a community of other aspiring musicians among their peers. For many students, this is an inspiring and motivating experience. 
  2. Confidence — Over and over again, teachers see an increase in students’ confidence about playing music after they participate in recitals. The experience of learning, practicing, polishing and performing a piece, which is often a significant challenge, causes students who may have doubted their own talent or abilities to realize that in fact they can, and when they begin to believe that, they focus better and make progress much more quickly.

How to Support a Reluctant
or Anxious Performer

Of course, even with all these benefits, we know that some students are especially fearful about playing in recitals. Especially for students with shy personalities, the idea of going up in front of a lot of people may be terrifying. At The Music Studio Atlanta, we try to make this easier on students by having most of our recitals in comfortable, friendly environments where family and friends are close to the stage and snacks and drinks are provided to make it a more relaxed experience. In addition, here are a few ways parents and teachers can support and encourage anxious students before recitals:

  1. Make sure students know that it’s okay to make mistakes! Messing up is normal and is part of what makes us human. There is no such thing as a “perfect” musician. Every musical performance is an individual expression. We just want to see you share your love for music!
  2. Focus on the student’s strengths before the recital. What is really good about their piece? This gives them confidence. After the recital, congratulate students on their successes. Reframe any mistakes as learning opportunities. If the student messed up but quickly got back on track and kept going, commend them for their ability to stay calm and finish their piece. 
  3. Make performance a regular and normal topic or activity. Encourage students to do mini performances for family members or friends at home, or for classmates and teachers at school. This gets students in the habit of playing for others for fun, so they feel more comfortable performing in recitals. Talk about things they would like to perform when choosing new songs, and encourage them to choose songs they like and will be excited to share. Participating in one of our Open Mic nights is also a good way to experience performance in a fun and relaxed way, or to rehearse for a recital in a lower-stakes environment.
  4. When students take part in recitals, make a point to celebrate it! Start a tradition associated with recitals that will contribute to making it a positive experience that children can get excited about. Going out for ice cream or a favorite meal after the performance, or finding another way to make that day extra special, is a great way to encourage and celebrate young performers.