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Stage fright is a very real feeling that children and adults alike find themselves dealing with, especially during recital season. Sometimes, those nervous, anxious feelings can help add life and excitement to a performance. But when those feelings get a little overwhelming, stage fright can be a paralyzing feeling that can ruin your child's recital experience. The key to a successful performance is to learn how to recognize and harness those anxious feelings. Below are three strategies for working with your child's stage fright.

As a musician, one thing that is garunteed to rear its ugly head is stage fright. The racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, and nervous anxiety are enough to make any performer sick to their stomach. However, stage fright, while annoying, may be the key to an exciting, engaging performance

As a piano teacher in Nashville, TN for the last 14 years, I have held numerous piano recitals. My students enter the building looking like a sea of white faces, super nervous about their upcoming performance. I, too, feel anxiety about how each one of them will do - I want all of them to feel great about their performance! I struggled (and still do at times) with performance anxiety during my recitals and understand the stress that they all feel. Over the years I have come up with many ways to help the students face their performance anxiety head-on! Here are 3 ways to help your child overcome performance anxiety and prepare effectively for their piano recital:

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