Piano Party! I decided it was time for my students to get together and just have fun with some low-stress performances and some cookies and punch. Eventually, they all ended up outside running around!
Back in the late summer, I had an idea drop into my brain, and it seemed so fitting and right that I began setting about it AT ONCE.
Here's how I framed the invitation:
"I am planning to have a Piano Party, GIRLS ONLY.
"If __________ wishes to come (and I hope she will!), then it will be a bit of performing, a couple of games, a bit of singing together, and cupcakes, cookies, and punch afterwards.
"PRETTY DRESSES encouraged!!"
That was the gist of the phone invitation, dressed up with party emojis.
I HAD MASSIVE EXCITEMENT. That was really fun to see!
I've been feeling that these little girls really needed to GET TOGETHER and have fun with a group of friends and schoolmates.
They've missed out on so many things over the past few months. A regular Spring Recital, yes, but that can be a mixed experience of fearful anticipation for many children, with even a bit of dread, as we all know, so that wasn't my motivation.
But the opportunity to perform before their PEERS is a different matter... no adults, no strangers... just other little girls, ages 6 - 11. I intentionally left older students out of this invitation.
As with any performance kind of venue, there were extra benefits to this party!
and parties, get-togethers, hugs, and SMILES from other humans lift the heart.
After snacks, cookies, punch, and post-party impromptu performances on the piano, eventually, they all ended up outside running around!
Danielle Rosa Manning:
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