Dulciana at Divertimenti has taught piano for twelve years. She offers her and offers her thoughts on piano anxiety, which she writes in response to my Piano Anxiety post of a few days ago. In it, she writes about those spring concerts that piano students always have.
I actually looked forward to the spring concerts (I do have an inner show-off). If I were a piano teacher, I'd probably follow tradition, more or less. But I also like the idea of offering, maybe in addition to the "dress-up" recital, less formal opportunities to perform (nursing homes, etc.). I worked at a nursing home for a couple of years and would play piano on my breaks, everything from Chopin to Scott Joplin to good Southern-Baptist-style renditions of hymns. They loved it. And it was great because there really wasn't any pressure to "perform." I was just having fun. And so were they.
Go read Dulciana's post. It's good, and offers food for thought as well.