Most of you will be performing in school concerts, our Summer Celebration Recital, and RCM exams over the next few months. Here are some tips on how to prepare so you do your best!
1. Prepare, prepare, prepare! Performing is STRESSFUL, so you need to know your music inside and out! Memorize if you can, at least the first few bars.
2. Practice in front of others! Play in front of your family and friends as often as possible. Use any opportunity you can: Skype, FaceTime and in person, at school, at home, at friends' and relatives' homes. They will love hearing you play, and you will gain useful performance experience.
3. Use your imagination! When you practice, imagine you are on the stage. Bow and smile before you play. IMAGINE others are listening to you and enjoying your music. IMAGINE they are clapping for you. At the end of practicing, bow again! Your imagination will help you prepare for the real thing.
4. Expect to have fun! Yes, you will be nervous. But sharing your music feels good! It's FUN! Little mistakes really don't matter -- most people don't even notice them. So get out there and enjoy yourself!