Piano recitals are a great chance for students to show off all their hard work and new-found skills in front of their closest friends and family.
As a teacher, you want to make sure that these piano recitals are creative and fun for both the students and attendees.
Pulling off the perfect piano recital, however, isn’t always easy. After all, there are a lot of moving parts involved from the theme to the decorations to the gifts.
If you’re sick of the old run-of-the-mill piano recitals, then it might be time to spice things up.
Lucky for you, we’ve searched the web for the best piano recital ideas as well as asked our very own teachers to share with us their favorite ideas.
Below is a compilation of the 20+ best piano recital ideas. Note: These ideas can be applied to any music recital, such as violin, drums, guitar, and more.
Piano Recital Tips
Pulling off a successful piano recital takes a lot time, effort, and preparation. Before you get started on planing your next piano recital, browse through the tips and tricks below from experienced piano teachers.
Piano Recital Ideas
If you’re stumped on what your next piano recital should be, check out these fun and creative ideas gathered from around the web. From invitations to gifts to decor, we’ve got everything covered!
Have your students channel their inner knight, princess, or dragon at a Medieval Times-themed piano recital. Students can perform fun pieces, such as “The Knight’s Tale” by Catherine Rollin and “King’s March” by Jane Bastien. Get creative and make a coat of arms for your studio to print on the piano recital programs.
Each student will choose his or her favorite composer; for example, Brahms, Beethoven, or Chopin. Before playing a song from their repertoire, the students will give a short 2-3 minute speech about the composer they’ve chosen. To make it extra fun have students dress up as the composer they’ve chosen.
Bringing Back the ’80s
Although your students might not have been born in the ’80s, chances are they’re familiar with the decade. Bring it back to the ’80s by having students dress up in their best ’80s costume. There are a ton of great pop songs from the ’80s that students can perform. Bonus tip: Make it a family affair and encourage parents to dress up in their best ’80s clothes.
Wild Wild West
Invite students to dress up as cowboys and cowgirls for a western-themed piano recital. Decorate your studio with items, such as bandannas, horses, saddles, and more. Students will choose their favorite country or western song to perform. Bonus tip: Encourage parents and siblings to dress up too!
Encourage each participant to bring a friend or family member up on stage and play a duet together! If a student doesn’t have a musical friend or family member, offer to play with him or her. Students will love playing with another musician and they will learn special tips and tricks for playing with others.
Night at the Oscars
It’s all about the glitz and the glamour at this Night at the Oscars-themed piano recital. Select Oscar award-winning music or simple music from the year’s best movies. Students and attendees will wear their fanciest outfits for the occasion. Bonus tip: Decorate the room with a Hollywood-sign, a red carpet, and Hollywood stars on the floor. (via Teach Piano Today.)
During the summer months, throw a Hawaiian luau-themed piano recital. Students can dress in their favorite straw hat, sandals, and Hawaiian-print shirt. Bonus tips: For the reception, lay out some fresh fruit and fruity drinks for the students and parents to enjoy.