Why My Music Teaching Studio Doesn’t Hold Recitals

J3 Music Studios just held our 4th annual house concert series. 17 young musicians over 2 days shared music they had been working on through the Fall semester. Some performers choose to do covers, and others share original music. The show is technically a recital, but the format of hosting it as a “house concert” is important for a few reasons:

Recitals are formal

I prefer to hold winter house concerts rather than recitals. House concerts make for a more relaxed environment where the audience/performer relationship is key to the vibe in the room. Lots of laughing, singing along, and unexpected harmonies add to the energy we intentionally create in the room. Performers can wear whatever makes them feel comfortable on stage, even if that means ripped jeans and a band t-shirt.

House concerts are AWESOME

There is something really unique about going to a house concert. Because the room is small, there can only be up to about 35 people in attendance, including the performers. Only those “on the list” can get in. Obviously, we would not turn anyone away at the door, but it certainly does feel intimate and exclusive for everyone in attendance. 

Check out our photos from the weekend! My dad, Stanley Jordan, joined us in the end and shared his musical life experiences with all the young musicians.

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