Recitals – From a Teacher’s Perspective

Recitals are the perfect opportunity for a student to perform in front a friendly, live audience. It’s different from a competition or audition situation. Recitals are not usually judged or graded, and yet the nerves still exist. It’s an excellent environment to try out a piece that may be used for a later audition or competition. I can recall as a student being terrified of recitals my entire life. I always felt like I was being judged by the audience, even when I wasn’t. That’s part of the young, developing mind – the focus is on yourself, and not really thinking about the supportive parents or the teacher. It’s not until you start to mature that you begin to realize that the parents and teachers are nervous FOR you, as they always want you to do your best. I guess I never realized what my teachers were going through. At least, until I became a teacher.

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Upcoming Events

Sometimes a software update breaks something.  That’s what has happened to my calendar.  In the absence of a compatible plug-in, here is my upcoming event schedule for the next few weeks:

Wednesday, May 14 – Fretless Rock is opening the Orlando International Fringe Festival.  We are performing from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Free and open to the public.  Details at:

Friday, May 16 – Recital for the students of Michelle Jones.  6:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public.  Chapel at the Towers, 18th Floor at 300 East Church Street, Orlando, FL  32801.

Saturday, May 17 – Fretless Rock performs for the “Guys with Ties” Spring Fashion Show.  8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at One80 Grey Goose Lounge at the top of the Amway Center.  Open to the public, 21 and over.  Details at:

Sunday, May 25 – Fretless Rock performs for a private wedding ceremony and reception.

Tuesday, May 27 – Violectric performs with the students of Bridgewater Middle School in their Spring String Concert as part of Violectric Educational Programs.  6:00 p.m.  Free and  open to the public.  Bridgewater Middle School, 5600 Tiny Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787.

Friday, May 30 – Fretless Rock performs for private event.

Sunday, June 8 – Fretless Rock performs for private event.

Monday, June 9 – Fretless Rock performs for private event.

Sunday, June 22 – Fretless Rock performs for private wedding.

There are many more events on the upcoming schedule, and I will hopefully have a proper plug-in to put them in my official calendar section.  Thank you for understanding, and I hope to see you at some of the public events soon!