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5 Tips for a Successful Performance

Every year, my piano teacher hosted two piano recitals. Even though I practiced and practiced, I could not overcome the stage fright until my senior year of high school.

So, here are 5 tips to help you execute a successful performance.

1) Practice Performing

There isn’t a better way to become comfortable performing then by doing it. My mother would have each of us kids perform one or two pieces for anyone who walked through our door – even the guy who repaired our appliances. Find opportunities to share your music. Be courageous!

2) Practice Acting

Stage freight starts in the mind. Pretend you are an actor or actress. Imagine that you are someone else on stage. It may sound strange, but it psychologically helped me to overcome my fear of feeling vulnerable.

3) Practice Imagining

Walk through the entire performance (even in the clothes you would wear). Sit in a chair near the piano. Imagine that there are people and other performers surrounding you. Walk to the piano, and adjust the bench to a good distance. Take a deep breath and perform for your “audience”. Remember to bow at the end of your performance!

4) Practice Ghosting

Have you ever tried to play your piano piece on a hard surface while singing it in your mind? One of my teachers called it “ghosting”, like you are moving your fingers without hearing the actual sound. If you have a memory glitch without even playing the piece on the piano, then you most likely will have it when actually play the instrument. Review that passage and practice ghosting again.

5) Practice Breathing

Yes, it may sound like a blonde joke, but it’s true. You need to make sure that you are breathing when you play. Take deep breaths during the challenging passages. Oxygen to the brain can only be a good thing when you are under pressure.

Daisies

No matter what happens, remember to make colorful music!


200 Days of Practice!

Each year, I introduce a new challenge for my students to engage in. At the end of the school year, the students who attained the goal are honored with a trophy! For the 2014 – 2015 school year, my challenge to each student in my studio is to practice 200 days from September – May! This comes out to approximately 5-6 days per week. Each day they practice, they will fill in a star on the chart below (click to download and print). The first student to reach 200 days will receive special recognition! Parents, please hold your children accountable by having them come to you first before they fill in the star.

 

If you would like to use other charts, I have found a few others online that might appealing. I’m looking forward to a successful year of practice!

 

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200 Days of Practice: the practice shoppe

 

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All Star Recital Practice: Ear Training and Improv

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Planes and Jets Theme: Kids Pointz

 

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Coloring Music Chart: ABCTEACH

 

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Flowers Practice Sheet: Susan Paradis

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Practice Sticker Charts: Making Music Fun

 

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Music Practice: Chart Jungle


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