Tag Archive: Performance Anxiety

Jun 03

Forget the Map at Home!

A Guide to Improvisation, by Katie Lubiens Improvising? That sounds scary! Making up the music as you go? But where’s the sheet music? Who even improvises anyway? As a classical violinist, these were all questions I asked myself when confronted with the thought of improvising.  I never was taught to improvise.  As classical musicians, we always …

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Sep 19

The Masterclass: Learning in a Group Setting

There are many ways to prepare for a performance, including taking your practice out of the practice room and into a masterclass setting. (Photo by David A. Wolfe) At Kennedy Violins we often offer people tips on how to practice more efficiently or sightread or learn music theory. But it’s hard to teach someone how …

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Oct 29

How to Plan a Student or Solo Recital

When I was younger, the word “recital” conjured up a distinct memory of only one thing: “Coda,” Episode 7 of Season 2 of The Wonder Years. I love this conversation between Kevin Arnold and his piano teacher, Mrs. Carples: MRS. CARPLES: Have you thought about what you’d like to play for the recital this year? …

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Apr 02

Stage Fright Tips: How to Overcome Performance Anxiety

Studies show that amongst a general list of “greatest fears,” there’s one in particular that consistently takes the cake. Surpassing a fear of spiders, heights, and even death, the act of public speaking (or performance) leaves most people shaking in their boots. “So, you’re telling me that at a funeral, most people would rather be …

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