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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Comments (2)

Hi! It is great what you do! I have been a fan of your dad since time immemorial, and I will be a fan of you as well!!! That comfy athmosphere your studio has reminds me a lot when I performed with the American Festival of Microtonal Music gang at Glenn Cornett’s Spectrum in Manhattan. Would love to play a “house concert” for you one of these days!
All the best,
Angel Blanco

Hey Angel! Thanks for reaching out 🙂 I’ve been thinking about starting a house concert series out of the studio for pros, but for now I use the space for students and their families. Stay in touch though! That way you can find out when the series will start.

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