Even professionals have to deal with performance anxiety. It's a natural part of being a musician!
Take a look behind the scenes as I practice, rehearse, and perform the first movement of the Elgar concerto with a local community orchestra. I'll bring you along for the emotional rollercoaster of being a soloist!
What is performance anxiety?
Performance anxiety is something that can:
This is normal! There are a bunch of bizarre things your body does when you are about to play for others. If you feel this way, it doesn't mean you are a freak who shouldn't play music. We all feel some form of performance anxiety when the pressure is on. EVERYONE!
You won't be able to get rid of it completely, but there are some tips and tricks I have to make the most of it. I like to use all the excess energy I get from my nervousness to help me play better!
I taught an online class to the 2021 virtual All-State participants on this very topic. Although I couldn't see or hear them, I still experienced some performance anxiety . . . while giving a class on performance anxiety!
See what I mean? It affects us all. You are not alone and you don't have to suffer!
I hope some of the tips in the following video class help you.
What is your worst experience with performance anxiety?