On Friday, November 15th, a few musically-talented students participated in another on-campus general recital. General recitals are a part of every college music department’s program and the musicians of Toccoa Falls College continue to amaze me. “Music is an academic and artistic endeavor,” said Dr. Stufft. Indeed it is and our eagles definitely understand that. A student performing a recital must know something (music theory, music history and more) and they must do something (perform as soloists and members of an ensemble). It is more than just understanding the way vocals and instruments can coincide; it’s the application.
General Student Recitals are, for the most part, solo recitals. Vocalists, pianists, guitarists, flutists, trumpeters, percussionists, violinists and many others, work on solo literature in their applied lessons with their private teacher. They rehearse and practice diligently on their solos, and during recital performances they are usually accompanied by a piano. The exception to that would be piano soloists and guitar soloists, plus the occasional unaccompanied wind player when they perform literature written specifically for an unaccompanied soloist.
Students are evaluated in writing by the music faculty through the use of a department developed grading rubric. A number of key areas are considered during their performances, including stage presence and professionalism, as well as various musical and artistic criteria (intonation, tone quality, artistic expression, and several others).
Students not only perform but they listen to other students who are performing during these recitals. Students will eventually perform multiple pieces in a solo recital called either a junior recital (30 minutes in length) or a senior recital (60 minutes in length) depending on their major. Music Performance Majors, for example, must present a 30 minute junior recital usually during their junior year and also a 60 minute senior recital during their senior year. Music education majors, in addition to student teaching their senior year, must also present a 30 minute junior recital either their junior or senior year.
Every music major performs a minimum of one solo (their general student recital) per semester. Music performance majors perform twice each semester. The general student recitals at TFC usually include any number of 7 to 10 soloists and are scheduled for Friday afternoons at 4 PM. It is simply a normal part of every music major’s course of study in any accredited college level music department in the nation.
For more information about general student recitals, you can contact Dr. David Stufft at email@example.com. I encourage anyone who enjoys music and supporting their fellow classmates to come out to these FREE music recitals. They’re peaceful and easy on the ears.