A little bit of adrenaline is always beneficial for the performance; as long as it doesn’t get the best of us!
These are rehearsal tips aimed at a pianist preparing for a recital, but can be slightly altered to apply to other musical performances.
6 Ways To Crush Musician’s Performance Anxiety:
- Have your music learned well with labeled sections (Ex: A-B-A). Be able to start at any given section. All music should be memorized.
- Practice introducing yourself and your song choice. Speak slowly, loudly, and enunciate each word. Practice in a mirror. Rehearse in front of your dog.
- From which side will you approach the bench? Left or right? Position the bench to where it is comfortable for you.
- After being seated on the bench, place your hands in their starting position for the song. Take a deep breath as you count to five. Tell yourself something positive. “I’ve prepare well for this recital. I will play my best.”
- Practice a small “freeze” when you have completed your song. Gently place hands on your lap. Pause for a few moments before getting up to bow. Imagine thunderous applause. Practice taking your bow or curtsy and don’t forget to smile:)
- Ask your instructor from which side of the stage or area you will enter and exit. Find out where you are to go after your performance has been completed. Ask if there will be a dress rehearsal. If not, find out would it be possible to play a short practice piece on the piano before guests arrive to get a feel for the piano.
- announcing your name and/or song
- positioning the bench
- breathing before playing
- playing your piece with precision
- waiting momentarily after playing
- acknowledging the audience with a smile and a simple non-rushed bow or curtsy
You’ve got this!!