Proper Piano Recital Etiquette

Pianist at Yamaha Piano During Spring Recital

Good Manners Always Hits The Right Note

Spring and music are in the air as recital season begins. For adults and children who have enjoyed piano lessons and worked hard on their pieces, recitals are an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned. Recitals also give family and friends a chance to enjoy some music while supporting their budding virtuosos.  For both performers and audience members, the experience is bolstered when everyone follows a few simple rules of recital etiquette.

Piano Recital Performer Etiquette

  • Dress appropriately. Choose conservative over casual in terms of shoe styles, hem length of dresses and straps/cleavage for tops. Avoid jewelry that makes noise as you move.
  • Arrive at the appointed call time prepared to perform. If you need your music, remember to bring it, and have it marked and ready for use.
  • Be respectful of the other performers, and refrain from whispering, talking, or doing other activities. Show them the same courtesy you want to be shown.

Piano Recital Audience Etiquette

  • Arrive on time or a little early. Late arrivals are distracting to the audience, and they can be unnerving for the performer.
  • Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices. Ring tones and electronic chirps are not welcomed in this environment.
  • If you are recording a portion of the recital on your phone or other device, please do so discretely, so as to not interfere with the enjoyment of others.
  • Stay for the entire performance to show respect for all of the musicians.

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