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Performance is the arena for drama queens, right? And even they get nervous at times! For most of us, the very word "recital" strikes fear...but it doesn't have too. Here are some helpful tips for calming your nerves and enjoying your performance!
Remember that you are here to share your talent with others. Instead of focusing on yourself, focus on your friends, family, and others who have come to enjoy hearing and watching you play the music that you've worked so hard to perfect this semester. They can't wait to watch and hear you perform!
Don't think about what might happen. You'll only scare yourself if you keep focusing on all the things that could go wrong - all the wrong notes you may play, etc. Instead let your thoughts reassure you! We chose these pieces because you love to play them. Remember what you love about this music that you're about to share, and let us see how much you enjoy your recital piece!
Picture your successful performance. In your mind, imagine yourself at the recital as a guest, and watch yourself perform your piece with no mistakes. Every note is correct, every rhythm flawless, and your expression makes your piece extraordinary!
Take time to mentally prepare. Don't start to play as soon as you've sat down on the piano bench. Take a deep breath, hear the first few measures of your music in your head, and then start your performance. This is also important after you've finished your first piece and are moving on to your second. Don't simply go from one piece to the next. You know that I like for you to play pieces that sound very different! Take some time in between to let your mind adjust to the new rhythm and character of the second piece before you begin to play.
Remember, the recital is a time to enjoy this music! We've worked so hard to choose pieces that you love, perfect the details, and make them your very own. Now it's time to share the fun with your family and friends!
Jessica's Piano Studio
Teacher at Jessica's Piano Studio to many talented students! Here's some helpful tips and interesting information to create a wonderfully educational musical experience!