Helping a Child with Performance AnxietyPerformances and RecitalsRecital3 Steps to Preparing Your Child for a Recital

March 15, 2011by emilylowe

Enter the drama of a RECITAL. If your child plays a musical instrument, it is likely that he or she will be performing in a recital. The preparation for the recital is usually a time of stress and anxiety in a child's life. What can you, as the parent, do to help your youngster perform to the highest level? Here are 3 suggested steps to help your child prepare for the recital:

3 Steps to Preparing Your Child for a Recital

Prepare Your Child for their Recital
Prepare Your Child for their Recital

Some of the greatest moments in a child’s life are when they are performing in front of others.  The sense of accomplishment and achievement, all while overcoming performance anxiety and adrenaline, is rarely duplicated in their daily activities.

Enter the drama of a RECITAL.  If your child plays a musical instrument, it is likely that he or she will be performing in a recital.  The preparation for the recital is usually a time of stress and anxiety in a child’s life.  What can you, as the parent, do to help your youngster perform to the highest level?  Here are 3 suggested steps to help your child prepare for the recital:

  1. Urge them to practice extra hard.  If they usually practice 20 minutes each day, have them step it up to 30 minutes instead.  Ask them if their pieces are memorized.  Ask them to play their memorized pieces for you.
  2. Have them perform their pieces for someone who makes them a bit nervous.  I always encourage my students to do this because I want them to have re-created that nervous feeling a few times before they get to the actual recital.  Ask your child who they would be nervous to play in front of and then set it up!
  3. Remind them to breathe.  If you notice anxiety and stress in your child before the big recital, ask them to talk about how they are feeling and have them take deep, slow breaths.  Tell them that when they breathe out, they are breathing away their anxieties and fears.  It’s amazing how much a few deep breaths can calm a person down.

So there you have it.  3 steps that will help your child be prepared for their upcoming recital

And, by the way, our big recitals are coming up on April 10 and April 17 (we are having four separate recitals on these two days), so I wish all students of ours that are performing to “break a leg!”

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