Often when you're in the moment and overtaken by "concert brain" it's easy to forget all the folks that have done SO MUCH to make your concert a reality. People are happy to help and take on some of the burden because they want to see you and the kids at your very best. One of the things that I try to do throughout the process is write down on a notepad the names of all the people who helped along the way. Then, when the concert is over and I've had a chance to breathe I can take a moment to thank them for their help and gifts of time and energy.
Getting the Materials Together
I also make sure to buy a bag of those Dove "Promise" chocolates (you know, the ones with the little encouraging quote printed inside the wrapper). I take the chocolate and put some tape on the back so that I can stick it on my thank you cards as a little edible "postage stamp." Teachers love this! You really don't have to buy them all gift cards or bake cookies (though that would be nice too). A little chocolate like attached to a heartfelt note really goes a long way.
Thank You! - What I write in the LEtter
It doesn't take a lot of writing or time, but a little letter like this can really be a game changer. You'd be surprised how many times I have teachers thanking me for sending a thank you. Acknowledging people for their true and sincere gifts of time and support can really help to build relationships.