Visualize your performance
We recently had a recital for The Music Abode students. For many of our students, it was their first time. Performing in front of a mysterious group and/or family can naturally evoke nervousness. No matter your age (from 4 year old children to 40 year old adults) performing is all about preparation. The more prepared you are, the better the performance result. Some people tend to rise to the occasion and have a zen moment up on stage, these people perform their song better than how they practiced it. Other people will perform their piece only as good as it was when practiced. The student will never know which person they are until they are up on stage for the first time. Young students usually don’t have to worry too much about nerves but still need to practice perfectly so even if their mind wanders on stage, they still have positive results. Older students will be much more nervous and will need to prepare for the fact that they will be nervous. For all types of performers, visualization is the best way to have a positive experience on stage. If you visualize performing your piece perfectly enough times, you eventually will do just that when you finally get up on stage.