Program and Refreshment Ideas for Your Piano Recital

Program and Refreshment Ideas for Your Piano Recital
Credit: | Program and Refreshment Ideas for Your Piano Recital | Similar to graduation, a recital is the culminating activity of your music class. Apart from being a goal you and your students can work toward, a recital is a celebration of your life and capability as a piano teacher. It reflects your progress as an independent teacher and the progress of your proteges through the years.

The six to eight-year-olds can build more confidence when seeing their older counterparts having no signs of nervousness. The older students can reminisce about their earlier classes and marvel at how far they’ve come. In whatever way, your piano recital will be a celebration, and as a celebration, you must give it extra treatment. Here’s how you can make your recital special.

Create a Program

Understandably, most of your spectators will be your students’ parents and friends, who are there to be your students’ cheerleaders. It doesn’t mean, however, that they will only be interested in their children. They’ve made time for this; make your presentation entertaining. You can start by creating a program that includes an opening number from you. This is your chance to showcase your piano skills or your school’s unique capability.

You can decide whether to play solo or involve your more advanced students to play with you. If you have an idea of your audience’s age range, choose musical pieces from their time. Select a mix of musical genres for your group recitals. End your recital with a masterpiece your school or class is known for, or something that fits the occasion. For example, if it’s a Christmas recital, end with a grand presentation of a popular Christmas song.

Print your recital program and distribute them to your guests.

Serve Refreshments After the Recital

Some piano teachers don’t serve refreshments because the venue they chose doesn’t allow it. Some only place a water dispenser or liters of juice by the entrance. Some request their students’ parents to bring cookies, drinks, candies, paper plates, and cups. Others schedule recitals at 10:00 AM or before lunch, as families prefer to go out for lunch to celebrate.

Post-recital refreshments are important, though, because it offers an opportunity for interaction. Many class renewals are made around the buffet table, and many new piano students were once mere spectators of their siblings or cousins’ recitals. It’s easier to talk casually while enjoying snacks, congratulating each student personally while their performance is fresh in your mind.

Refreshments are instrumental in building camaraderie with parents and promoting your music classes. Your students will also love chatting with each other. That said, here are tasty suggestions for your recital food and drinks. The general rule is to serve items that are easy to clean (in case someone drops it), easy to eat, and have simple flavors that children, teens, and adults will appreciate.

Food plates (if you like serving with plates and utensils)

  • Pasta – serve one with a simple sauce, as kids don’t like complicated
  • Baked chicken thighs – for adult or teen recitals
  • Pizza – plain cheese topping if you’re serving kids
  • Pies – but not ones with messy filling
  • Nachos and salsa – for teens and adults
  • Veggies and dips – make sure the dips and not too drippy

Finger food

  • Cookies – Chocolate chip and sugar are popular with the kids; peanut cookies may trigger allergies
  • Brownies or cupcakes – Might be messy in a children’s recital
  • Gummy Bears – the children love it
  • Crackers and spread – Spread should be cream cheese-based so it won’t drip
  • Ham rolls with cream cheese and herb spread
  • Piano sandwiches – made from pumpernickel and white bread
  • Fresh fruits
  • Chocolates and candies


  • Punch – punch base can be prepared ahead and frozen
  • Pitchers of juice
  • Juice packs

Put some simple decorations on a long table and place the food on it. Keep the table away from kids during the program. If you’re asking parents to bring treats, let them put the food on the table, where students and parents may get them after the recital.

Hosting a piano recital is exciting, especially for independent music teachers like you. Make every recital an event that your students will be proud of.