2013 - Surprise! The students prepared their own recital pieces in September with out any assistance from me. I didn't want to know, or hear, what the students were going to perform. We were just all going to go to the recital and be surprised! I wanted the students to take ownership of their own pieces and see how well they could do. The guidelines were that their pieces could not be something they have learned before; their pieces should be memorized and they could play whatever they wanted to. I also told them since it was a surprise recital that they could wear whatever they wanted to. Students performed everything from Christmas, Halloween, Classical, Rock and Roll, Jazz, Disney, Hymns and we even had someone sing! I was truly surprised how well my students prepared themselves for this recital. It was just a very fun and rewarding recital!