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Music: Instructions for Printed Recital Programs

Instructions for music students to use in formatting their recital programs, including a guide to researching the program content.

Recital Templates

Composition majors may use either template depending on the particular formatting needs pertaining to the works to be performed.

Using the Recital Program Templates

Once you have downloaded a copy of the appropriate template, you can replace the sample data with that of your program.  Editing the header and footer information by typing over that of the template will automatically retain the proper font and type size.

Important: Be certain that you see the table gridlines when you open the template. If you can't, click anywhere in the body of the template so the Table Tools menu appears at the top of the page. Click the Layout tab, then the icon for View Gridlines.

The body of the template is in the form of a MS Word table. When adding your program repertoire data, it is highly likely that you will need to reformat the table by adding or deleting rows and splitting of merging cells. It always works best is you keep each line of text in a separate cell.  Do not add blank lines within cells. This makes it difficult to guarantee that line spacing will be even thoughout the program, and even more difficutl if additional editing is needed later. It's better to add an additional row in the table for each blank line.  If you are not familar with manipulating tables, use the links below for instructions.


Insert or create a table


Adding/Deleting Rows

Splitting/Merging Cells

Recital Hall, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

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