or watch the entire presentation here if you are a member of MTNA.
Let’s take a closer look at one of the recital projects we highlighted in that presentation: the Art Showcase Recital.
Art and music make a great pair for live performance. Adding a visual component to live performance can help performers and audience members make deeper connections with the music. Showcasing student art is a great way to rethink your recital, and it can be done easily and affordably.
For our Art Showcase Recital, we had each student draw a picture inspired by their recital piece or select artwork that they felt represented the music.
We then scanned the pictures, put them in a PowerPoint presentation and displayed them on a projection screen above the piano while the students performed.
Students loved having an opportunity to show off their art, and the process of choosing art opened conversations about musical interpretation in lessons. Many of my students had completely different imagery for pieces than I did!
This student performed a piece called “Dragon Run,” but she was picturing an ice dragon!
The images gave the audience a connection with unfamiliar repertoire and another way to see the performer’s personality. Many parents commented that they understood the music much better when they had a visual.