This year we are offering 8 recitals in Beaverton on May 4th and 1 recital in Sandy in June. Beaverton students will use the online student portal to choose their own recital time! The choices are:
Ages 7 & under only: 10AM
Ages 13+ only: 2PM
Ages 21+ only: 7PM
All ages welcome: 11AM, 12PM, 3PM, 4PM, 6PM
Student listeners AND student performers must register for one time slot. Space is limited so please choose your time early; registration will open April 1st and close on April 15th or when full.
As you can see from our schedule, we have students of all ages. Maestro Music Academy specializes in beginners, so know that no matter what level your song is or what style you’ve chosen, your piece will fit in with the rest of ours! If you’re not comfortable performing yet, please discuss your musical progress with your teacher and be sure to sign up for a listener spot at a recital. To sign up as a student listener, register for the time you’ll attend and then email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know that you're planning to be a student listener.
Need an accompanist? Email Bonnie as well and I’ll help you set up a time to rehearse with Colleen. She will be available at our Masterclasses or for a private lesson prior to the recital day. Colleen will be accompanying at recitals 2PM and later only. Want to learn more about performing before the recital? Register for a Masterclass for a guided learning performance. Masterclasses are $20 or use a makeup credit, are limited to 4 students per session, and will be held April 8, 15, 22, & 29 at 6PM.
I believe strongly that music is meant to be shared. Black lines & black dots on a page mean nothing until a person transforms them into sound. The purpose & passion behind the sound is what becomes music, and composers of all eras designed that music to be interpreted by an audience. Please come make music with us - as an audience member and as a performer!
Q: What should I wear?
A: Something nicer than jeans & sneakers but not so fancy as a formal tux. This year, Star Wars attire is acceptable as well for May the Fourth day.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: Students should arrive 10 min early and meet in the small studio for a group warm up (or to receive their listening assignment) prior to the recital’s beginning.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Performers should bring a hard copy of your sheet music, even if it is memorized, and a water bottle. Listeners should bring a pencil and something hard to write on for taking notes. Families should bring a small snack to share with approximately 10 other guests.
Q: How do I sign up?
A: Log on to maestromusiclessons.org/login and click on the calendar icon. Scroll to May 4th and find the time you prefer. Select “Register” and verify your chosen time. To add an accompanist or change to a student listener, email Bonnie. Register no later than April 15th!
Q: What if I’m not ready?
A: Talk with your teacher now for ways to get ready or feel more ready by the end of April. You can always choose to be a listener instead of performing, and it’s OK to change your mind at the last minute, but all students should have a recital piece they are preparing as part of the learning process.
Q: Who will be there?
A: 5-10 performers and their families. We do not limit guests or sell tickets; space is limited in the large room to 30 people so please be aware that large groups of guests may need to overflow into the foyer. The general public is NOT invited. 1-2 of our teachers will be in the audience at all times. If it is important to you that your teacher be present, feel free to email Bonnie and ask if your teacher can plan to be at your recital. Not all teachers will be at all recitals.
Q: Will there be a recording?
A: Yes, Maestro Music will be recording the recital. You are welcome to request a copy and review it with your teacher at your next lesson. We offer this service so that your loved ones can enjoy the music in the moment and not worry about their technology. We will also hold a group photo at the end of the event.
Q: Where is the recital?
A: Maestro Music Academy of Beaverton is located at 17175 SW Tualatin Valley Highway Suite C2, 97003. Parking is available in any spot on Saturdays except the ones marked Loading Zone.
Q: Why do we have to go?
A: Music is not meant to stand alone in secret between the composer & performer. Music is meant to be a shared experience in community! Having a “deadline” of the Spring Recital also helps some students prepare and practice in new & more efficient ways and provides motivation. Learning how to experience nervousness when speaking in public and gain confidence in front of a group are life long skills for any environment. Hearing live music, complete with mistakes and recovery, can be a novel interaction for those used to “perfect” recordings. Embracing our imperfections is vital to learning how to like our own selves. Being the star of your loved ones’ attention, undivided, and showing off after hours of hard work, is a moment of pride that you’ll remember fondly for years to come.
Q: What will we do in lessons after May 4th?
A: First, you’ll debrief your performance or listening with your teacher. You can set goals for continuing improvement or for the next performance. Then over the next 6-8 weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to try composing with one of our composer worksheets. Later on during the summer, you can earn rewards by checking out new sheet music books, learning new songs, and playing music lit games at home.