Monday Mailbag – Recital Programs Designed by Students

I think you posted the idea once to have your students design the end of the year recital program covers.  If so, did you judge as a studio which one would be chosen?  I’m concerned about the ramifications of best friends choosing each other or if I choose there might be hurt feelings. Any suggestions?

Yes, you are remembering correctly! You can see examples of the student-designed programs on A Peek Into My Christmas Recital and Inspiration From a Home Magazine. I just collect all the artwork submissions ahead of time, then the night of the rehearsal, I display them all on a pew with a small Dixie cup in front of each one. Each student is given a penny and looks over the submissions, then places their penny in the one they want to vote for. I’m sure some students vote for their own or a friends (I tell them they’re allowed to if their conscience will allow it! :-)), but this process has always worked really well and we end up with a great-looking cover!

Does anyone else do artwork contests with students for their recital programs? Any tips on how to handle the process?

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