We've been learning spooky Halloween tunes these past few weeks, all in preparation for a multi-studio recital tomorrow afternoon. The music is new, unknown, and because Halloween is such a treasured holiday among the younger set, they learn the music quickly. They then have a few weeks to add the subtle nuances by which they own the music. With tempo markings like eerily and gloomy, they take those dots on the page and paint great musical pictures of ghosts and goblins lurking on a dark Halloween night. Others might have giddy or fun to guide them to portray musically a night of trick-or-treating.
The Halloween recital has always been one of the highlights of my year. Traditionally, I have taken my students to the local assisted living residence to perform for the residents. The kids really get into this performance. The parents too. I joke that there are more family members than residents. This is always the first performance opportunity of the year, the kids want to show off, and the parents want videos to share on social media.
The multi-studio recital is new to me. Due to my move to Frederick, my student base has dropped. I am rebuilding, but it all takes time. I joined the Frederick County Music Teachers Association this year to meet other private music teachers, but more importantly, to find opportunities for my students to perform. This is our first such occasion. It will be fun to see and hear what other young pianists play. I know my own students are well prepared, and I am looking forward to an afternoon of Halloween fun, costumes included.