Thompson Tutoring’s annual holiday recital debut is fast approaching! Performance is a skill like any other in music and requires practice before it begins to feel natural. Below is a list of three helpful tips for making the most of your performance.
1. Practice like you perform
The most important thing to remember when preparing for a performance is to practice the music exactly as you want it to be heard. Every detail counts! This means using exactly the same posture, playing at the same tempo and volume, using the same sheet music, and so on. Are you using an electric instrument with a volume setting? Practice with the volume on the same setting whenever possible. Try to avoid changing your interpretation from day to day during practice sessions, and make important decisions about the music well before the performance takes place. Since this year’s holiday recital is taking place virtually, participants are able to set up their space exactly like it will be when they record the performance. This means using the same lighting, setting up the room like it will be during the recording, and so on. Consider practicing the music wearing the clothes you plan to wear while performing. If you intend to memorize your music, make sure to practice it that way many times beforehand.
2. Visualize the performance
Imagine the space that you’re going to be playing in, with and without an audience filling it. No detail is too small. How might the weather be that day? What time of day does the performance take place? Which pair of shoes will you wear? This mental preparation will help to put you into the mindset and prepare for the emotions you may feel during the performance.
3. Get plenty of sleep
Sleep is important! A well-rested performer is far more likely to succeed than a tired one. On the days prior to a performance, try to get eight full hours of sleep. Rest has a massive impact on motor skills, memory, and emotional state, all of which are critically important for a performer.
Are you interested in honing your performance skills? Contact Thompson Tutoring for music lessons today!