Recital

This is a big piano. This is the big piano at the recital. This is the big piano Simone didn’t play during the recital.

Simone loves singing and rhythm and music. We signed her up for lessons in our home. She has been taking lessons for a few months. She practices on an electronic keyboard when she wants to for as long as she wants to. Sometimes I listen from the kitchen; sometimes I sit by her side. She can play one song. It lasts about 30 seconds, if that. Simone knew the song so well she could play it without reading the music.

The audience would not hear it. Simone cried as she listened to the other children play. I held her in my arms and tried to calm her. She was so upset we had to leave the room and missed the rest of the recital. I was disappointed. I also was embarrassed we had put Simone through the ordeal in front of her grandparents and all of those other parents. I also was so sorry she interrupted at least one child’s performance.

If I could change anything, I would change the calendar. I was away on business for the week leading up to the recital. If I had been at home, maybe I would have noticed Simone was a little nervous. Maybe we could have done a dry run on the big piano. That may not have changed the outcome. I, though, would have known I had done something to alleviate Simone’s fear.

After the recital, Simone sat at the big piano and played her song. When she finished, we gave her a big round of applause.

  • Blanc2

    I grew up playing classical guitar and dealing with pre-recital jitters. My kids both play piano. By far the best remedy is to have them perform as many times as possible. Even at home or the home of friends. But make it “formal.” Announce that she will play, have everybody gather around and be silent, then let her take the bench and play. The more they do it, the more comfortable it becomes.

  • The mister says it would have been good to do a dry run and if she still seemed nervous after that, to ask the instructor if she could go first.

    • I agree. Will definitely do that next time.

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