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#1698305 - 06/19/11 07:00 PM Piano Recital etiquette question
RayE Offline
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After decades of playing Jazz and Pop music a little over a year ago I started taking classical Piano lessons to work on Technique. Well I have my first recital since I was a child coming up, and wanted to ask a recital related etiquette question. Is it appropriate for a student to bring flowers to the teacher at a recital, and if appropriate when is the right time to give them to her.

Thanks in advance for any advice or information on the subject.

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#1698332 - 06/19/11 08:31 PM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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I'm guessing you can't go wrong by giving them at the end of the program. That way you do not interrupt the flow or call inordinate attention to yourself in the act of giving the flowers.
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#1698363 - 06/19/11 09:59 PM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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Speaking as a teacher, giving them either before or after the recital is perfectly fine. Perhaps giving them at the end, when you and the other students can thank your teacher for his/her hard work would be most effective.
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#1698635 - 06/20/11 12:44 PM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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Always at the end! Most teachers get all wound up before recitals since there are many issues to look into. (I am talking from my own more than 20-year experience!) You will merely be distracting her. A nice thank you bouquet at the end is always appreciated!
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#1698760 - 06/20/11 04:19 PM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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Thanks for the feedback you have confirmed what I had suspected that giving them at the end of the recital would be welcome, and not interrupt things.
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#1698896 - 06/20/11 08:22 PM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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i would say it is rather inappropriate to bring teachers flowers for the simple reason that this is your moment. And most teachers will not need the ego stroke of such an act and have the self esteem to realize that this is your success, you did the work and as much as a teacher may have helped, this moment is yours. Any teacher that actually expects flowers at a recital needs an ego check.

i think it is ok to bring a gift and give it after you have left the stage but definitely not flowers. A bottle of wine , a card either way, these are things that really should be given the next time you meet.

Just my experience from watching probably hundreds of undergrad and graduate recitals. This is not the teachers time to shine.

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#1698921 - 06/20/11 08:52 PM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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I, for one, could not accept a bottle of wine. I love flowers and it is totally appropriate to give them to your teacher either before or after the recital, but not on the stage after you've performed. It's not about ego-stroking, it's about expressing appreciation and everyone appreciates that kind of gesture.
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#1698931 - 06/20/11 09:10 PM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: Minniemay]
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#1699092 - 06/21/11 01:56 AM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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Giving flowers to the teacher at the end of the recital is a common thing around here for music or dance studios, and for the director after a play.

Now if I could only get them to give me wine.... lol!
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#1699110 - 06/21/11 02:32 AM Re: Piano Recital etiquette question [Re: RayE]
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Originally Posted By: RayE
Is it appropriate for a student to bring flowers to the teacher at a recital, and if appropriate when is the right time to give them to her.


Yes, flowers are completely appropriate.

The right time? Before, during (around intermission), or after the recital.

Who can say no to a sincere token of appreciation, tactfully given?
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