Since the first day we opened our doors, we knew how important it was to introduce our students to not only playing an instrument, but to the art of performing on a stage, for an audience. Our students have always been given opportunities to perform on many different levels throughout the year. Performing is such a valubale tool and we believe in using it. In addition to inspring students to practice, it also is a great way to teach discipline and professionalism which can be useful in everyday life.
Adults who study at Risko Music can also participate in these wonderful performance opportunties.
In 2009 when we moved to our new space, we were proud to introduce students to our brand new performance areas which have enabled us to offer even more showcases.We also have increased the number of showcases we offer per year in order to provide students an even more authentic experience. Most of our showcases are free and included as a part of our lesson program.
Although performing is an important part of playing an instrument, not all students wish to perform and although we encourage it and are a performance based school, we support the student who just wishes to learn to play an instrument for his or her own enjoyment.
If you would like more information, please contact us or let us know if you would like to be a guest at an upcoming show. You can also read the information below for more details on how our showcases work along with a little history.
This is a picture of one of our earlier showcases in our old space. From inception, we have always believed that performances are really important for all music students.
Our performances often draws such a large crowd that we have to hold the show in the local library theater!
Sign up for our next Student Showcase below. Make sure to fill in all the fields. You will receive a confirmation email with more details about the show.
Everyone enjoys performing in our super cool space! Pictured here are one of our adult band workshops performing.
The History of our “Recitals”
In 1995 when we opened our music school, we came up with an idea. Why would anyone have a yearly recital when they can have recitals throughout the year? Then, we ditched the word recital. We prefer to use the word shows, showcases, and gigs. We want our students to feel like the musicians that they are and play whenever and wherever they can. So, we created our super unique showcase program based on this concept.
How does it work?
We schedule unique opportunities for our students to perform throughout the year. When there is a showcase opportunity we let our students know a few different ways.
•Info is communicated at the lessons via the teacher or the administrative staff.
•We also send out email notifications to our students about our showcases in our weekly newsletters. We encourage our families to read through these emails thoroughly for this info and other important happenings.
•Weekly students receive email reminders the evening before their lesson each week. These emails not only serve as a reminder that you have a lesson, but they also have quick updates about everything that is going on at Mike Risko Music.
Always check the front table when you drop off, we have info there too. You can sign up for showcases via email or in the office and more info will follow. Keep in mind, most of our standard showcase opportunities are free.
How to Prepare
We recommend that students always have something ready to play if a showcase opportunity pops up. Students should always be reviewing their material and not just learning new songs. By doing this, you ensure that you always have something to play. You should always do this anyway regardless of an upcoming performance since review is an important part of playing an instrument.
What are the shows like?
Our showcases range from shows on one of our two indoor stages to our outdoor stage in our parking lot during warm weather months. We also do lots of shows in the community. The Mike Risko Band (our professional band) performs at a lot of community events. Sometimes we invite students to be part of these performances. We also sometimes book shows in local restaurants. Shows like these might require you to order food or drinks from the menu. Each show will have different guest requirements, some will have unlimited capacity while others may have some restrictions. Make sure to follow any instructions you receive.