Recital Guidelines

Recital Participation, Preparation, and Guidelines

Red Mountain Music Academy offers several recitals and performance

opportunities for students throughout the year that will be posted on our

calendar. In order for the student to grow, the Academy recognizes the value

of performing in recitals. Students are required to perform in at least one

recital each term. The instructor assists the student in determining the

musical piece the student is prepared to perform.

Recital Etiquette

Student recitals can be tremendously fun and valuable experiences for young

musicians. Unfortunately, they can also be a source of some stress and

anxiety if preparations aren’t complete and certain practices aren’t followed.

There are guidelines and rules of behavior all performers and audience

members should follow during all recitals or concerts.


• Performers should wear appropriate attire: “Sunday Best”, no flip-flops, or

athletic footwear.

• Performers must bow at the beginning and at the end of the performance.

Instructor and Student will practice bowing properly.

• Arrive at the requested time in order to learn where you are to sit and

receive instructions for the performance.

• Once the recital begins, please listen and be respectful of the other

performers. Unnecessary noise from whispering, talking, candy wrappers,

etc. during a program is not acceptable.


• Recitals are a special occasion and so it is customary to dress nicely.

• Please arrive a little early in order to find a comfortable place to sit.

• Make sure all your invited guests understand the importance of arriving on

time. If they arrive late, it makes it difficult for those performing.

• Please invite as many friends and family members as you’d like. We have

lots of room, and can accommodate as many as you’d like to invite.

• Turn off all cell phones and any electrical devices that may produce sound.

• Once the recital begins, please listen and be quiet. Audience members must

remember the purpose of their visit to the recital hall – to listen quietly,

actively and appreciatively to the music being offered by the performers.

• If you arrive late, please wait to enter between pieces when you hear


• Do not enter the recital hall or switch seats while someone is performing.

• The soloist will bow and your response is to applaud

• Respect the performers. Unnecessary noise from whispering, talking, candy

wrappers, etc. during a program is not acceptable. Reading, studying, and  

writing letters during a program are also inappropriate.

• Please stay until the performance or event is completely over. Attending a

recital so that other families will serve as audience to your student, and then

leaving before the other performers have finished is inconsiderate to the

young musicians.

• Flash photography is not appropriate during a performance. You may

videotape and/or take flash photography as the performer is approaching or

leaving the piano.

• Enjoy! Your presence is the greatest affirmation!