Parents’ Guide to the Music Learning Center Student Recitals

Recitals provide a unique way to educate students and audience alike in the art of making music. They are an integral part of the learning process, and while participation is not required, every student is encouraged to do so. Since the Music Learning Center holds three recitals each school year, there is opportunity for students to perform in the recital(s) that best fits their preparation and schedule. The fall and spring recital series are open to all students. The Student Showcase in March is for our intermediate and advanced students, as well as duos and ensembles. Students who have chosen not to perform are always welcome to attend. The MLC Student Recitals are open to the public. There is no admission fee.

Instructors work with students to choose appropriate repertoire. The sign-up process begins approximately eight weeks prior to the recital weekend. This is when teachers will begin speaking with each of their students about the possibility of participating. For the majority of students, preparation is accomplished by regular lesson attendance and consistent practice between those lessons.

An instructor may suggest having piano accompaniment for vocal and instrumental students. In some cases, they may recommend that an MLC staff accompanist perform with the student. In those cases, you will receive an e-mail with “Recital Accompaniment Notes” shortly after sign up. This will provide information regarding the scheduling of a rehearsal with the accompanist, their fee and other details.

Approximately three weeks prior to the recital weekend, your instructor will hand out “take home slips.” These slips list details such as the day and time of the section that the student has been assigned to, directions to the recital hall, dress code, etc. If your family has an unavoidable conflict with the section assignment, then you can contact the MLC office regarding the possible availability of alternate sections for the student to perform in. We will do our best to accommodate you. Some sections may be “closed” due to the number of performers already scheduled. Please note: your instructor will only be present at the recital section that the student was originally assigned to.

Students are asked to arrive at the Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main St., 15 minutes before the recital section is due to begin. The recital section will begin promptly at the scheduled time. Seating in the Marian Anderson Recital Hall is arranged for students to sit with their instructors, off to one side. This gives the audience the best seats in the house! Your focused attention for all performances within your section is greatly appreciated. Parents who choose to bring infants and children up to the age of four are asked to be considerate of the performers and their guests.

Thank you…. we hope to see you and your student(s) at the recitals!