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Performance Anxiety – Part 7 of 8 – Self-Assessment

We come to the last component of dealing with performance anxiety: self-assessment. This part comes after a performance is over usually, although one can do this anywhere in the process (EXCEPT during a performance! that’s a no-no!). This is where you reflect on first what went well, and when you’re ready to think about

By | 2017-09-27T12:26:37+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 6 of 8 – Having the Right Perspective

When you play in front of an audience, it can appear that they are against you. After all, you have a group of some size - whether just a few, or thousands - facing you and outnumbering you! Even though most people know in their conscious minds that they're not really against you, this perspective can play tricks

By | 2017-09-27T12:43:59+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 5 of 8 – Inner Dialogue & Musicality

Every human has feelings to a certain degree or another. Most of us understand the display of feeling in others, and so when we encounter music - which is a means of depicting emotion through sound - we “get it”. However, being able to get that emotion to come out of our fingers or

By | 2017-09-23T16:40:20+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 4 of 8 – What’s Really at Stake?

The process of dealing with Performance Anxiety needs to contain some healthy doses of perspective and self-reflection. Ask yourself questions like: Why am I doing this? Is there really anything at stake other than my pride? Am I afraid of disappointing a teacher (either real or imagined pressure)? Am I trying to prove to

By | 2017-08-30T11:15:53+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 3 of 8 – Outlook

There's an inner battle we have with ourselves that can make even the most prepared person fall apart on stage. Having the right outlook on things can make all the difference in the world between success and failure when performing.   In Part 2, I wrote about physical things you can do to help prepare

By | 2017-08-27T15:27:54+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 2 of 8 – Preparation

Having taught many students over the years, I’ve seen various levels of readiness to perform. I would say most students did what they thought was preparing and working hard, but what I’ve learned over the years observing myself and others is that there’s always more one can do. This means that it’s a process

By | 2017-08-17T09:19:28+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Where Do I Start? Choosing an Instrument

So you’ve decided to take the plunge into studying piano. Maybe it’s been a lifelong dream and now is the perfect time in your life to finally begin, or maybe you had lessons as a child and always regretted quitting. Or perhaps your children want to take lessons and you’d like to learn alongside

By | 2017-07-31T13:47:27+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Piano, Tutorials|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Performance Anxiety – Part 1 of 8 – Love and Fear

Playing for your piano teacher at lessons. Playing in a formal recital. Playing at a nursing home. Playing for friends gathered around the piano to hear you play once they found out you were learning piano. Taking piano exams. Playing at a competition. Auditioning for college. Recording yourself for an online submission recital or

By | 2017-08-27T15:28:47+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Categories: Lesson, Performance, Piano, Practice, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

How to Read Music Notation

If you are just starting out learning piano or voice, you may feel intimidated by reading music notation or finding pitches on the piano. This video gives you all the basics along with some reasons why music looks the way it does now. Due to the length of the video, I have provided times

By | 2017-07-03T14:13:00+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Categories: Free-Content, Piano, Tutorials, Voice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments