“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.”
Plato

Monday, April 11, 2011

PERFORMANCE ANXIETY


Some years ago I came across an article on a topic dear to the performer's heart. It is a very good distillation of what I teach and practice. That is, when we walk out on stage we need to have a good conscience; we shouldn't judge ourselves (the post mortem comes afterward); we should focus and concentrate, staying in the moment. Remember, too, that the body communicates to the brain what it is experiencing during performance; the brain may get the message that something didn't sound right because it didn't feel right. (More about this in another blog.) Did I just hear someone sigh, "easy for you to say"? You can read the article here: Six Golden Rules for Conquering Performance Anxiety.



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Thank you so much for this most helpful article. I am posting the 'Golden Rules' in my studio now. As a adult pianist aspiring to become a professional, my major difficulty is anxiety when performing, especially in front of my teachers and/or other piano students. These are exceptional rules to keep in mind and I will be using them while moving forward in my studies. Much appreciated. Thank you!

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