Getting on with it, I was going to say that, although I have played in recitals, organized recitals, and attended recitals, I never before today have gotten to stand up with a group of students in a recital and play through a shared repertoire. It was amazing. I got so absorbed in thinking charitable thoughts about it afterwards that I missed my exit three times as I was driving home. To tell you a little bit about that, one could say there was a sense of community, of knowing that everyone on stage cared deeply about music and had put in hours of hard work to be able to play these classical pieces, and of course the teacher in me couldn't help but think of the many ways that playing in a group allowed students to help each other with rhythm and musicality. Being surrounded by others playing the same music as you is having almost instantaneous feedback on your own playing. Any temptation to hesitate at a certain passage, play detache when the music calls for staccato, or to hold a note longer than it's value is immediately squashed by the momentum of all that music. I also loved having a leader, as it gave me a chance to follow a different interpretation of the music than I may have done on my own. And of course the value of having students practice leading their interpretation for the time when it's their turn to stand in front of the group and lead a piece can probably not be overestimated. With that I'll get off my soap box on the virtues of Suzuki recitals, and just sum it up by saying that a good time was had by all.
Before I go, I want to give two thumbs up on the countrified version of "Go Tell Aunt Rhody", to the little violin player who shouted "I want to play guitar!", and to the young boy who turned to his friend on stage just before their song began and said so politely, "It's nice to see you again, Devin."