“Why do we bow?” I asked every student as we reviewed recital protocol. “I don’t know,” was the most common answer. I proceeded to explain that when we play our recital piece, the audience applauds saying “Thank you for playing.” Then I ask the student, “What do you say when someone says ‘thank you’?” Immediately, they respond, “You’re welcome.” The light goes on. “It’s good manners, being polite.” They get it.
Then, as to the “way” to bow, I make it simple. “Say hi to your feet. Go to your seat.” Smiles and cooperation follow. Many more bows occur since the “chat.”