Hi everyone!! I am new here because I am a new violin student. I have been taking lessons since March and my instructor has told me how well I am doing. The difference with me compared to most students on here is I am older. Being over 40 and being a music student is definitely a little different as I’m not the oldest student she has had but the only adult at the time she has.
Recently she has been encouraging me to play in the Fall or Winter recital. She tells me how fast I’m learning and how much I have advanced in such a short time period that she thinks playing in the recital would be a good challenge for me to learn a harder piece. I understand that part plus it would be setting a goal for myself. But my question is to all of you instructors out there, how often do adult participate in recitals and how do they feel about doing it? If you have a thought.please let me know. I appreciate it.
As an adult, I know I'd be okay if my teacher chose to put me in a recital as long as the piece I was playing in it was at my level or even a little below
I'm not a teacher, but I'm an adult (60 yo) who started taking lessons a little less than three years ago. Before that, I'd played fiddle briefly in a folk band until I realized that a) I had zero technique and b) I don't really like playing folk music.
Four years ago, just before I turned 68, I played in my first recital after three lessons. I played one short tune and that was that. I was the tallest violinist by several inches, and the oldest violins by several decades. I was the only adult. I asked my teacher if she had other adult students, and she said she did but they were too shy to perform. So, we organized some adult only soirees. No audience, just the players, some snacks, some water, some wine, etc. No pressure, no hassle. The soirees went well, and the adults got over that hump of fearing performing. Now, in the regular recitals, roughly a third of the performers are adults. Go for it!
I'm a 65-year-old returner who has taken lessons with my current teacher for a little over two years. I played in his fall recital when I'd been with him for about 10 months. The other players were about evenly divided between adults and teenagers, with the two most advanced students being teenagers. One student looked like she was older than me, but most of the adults were middle-aged men. I'm getting ready to participate in my teacher's Zoom watch party recital. I think he plans to take videos of us performing at our lessons and then show them on a Zoom meetup. This sounds less scary to me than a live performance since I am used to having him record my lesson for later review.
Lowe, I think if you want to do this it would be great and it could be lots of fun. You might want to have a "trial performance" ahead of time for some friends or family (or a combination of both) so learn what it feels like; you could add some of your other musical pieces as well. (Salon performances were a "big thing" 100 to 200 yeas ago, but some of us have continued the tradition to the present day (well, before COVID, anyway.)
I have a friend I made 30+ years ago during my university days as a revolutionary marxist. I've been through a lot of experiences and new ways of thinking since then, but I've kept him as a friend and we still meet a few times a year for breakfast to discuss the world, the history and future of civilization and the biosphere generally.