1. Prepare well in advance. Practice, practice, practice. And it is commonly quoted, “Don’t practice until you can get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.”

  2. Get adequate sleep the night before. Adequate rest before a performance is essential. The body and mind are rested so that the next day they both are refreshed, focused, and ready to perform at an optimal level.

  3. Limit caffeine and sugar intake the day of the performance. Eat a sensible meal a few hours before you are to perform so that you have energy and don’t get hungry. Sugar and caffeine will only make you feel more jittery. Even something simple like a banana really helps when those performance butterflies are flying around!

  4. Shift the focus off of yourself and your fear to the enjoyment you are providing for the audience. Think of how you are going to make them smile, knowing that they are so proud of you. Instead of worrying, close your eyesand imagine the audience laughing and cheering, and you feeling good.

  5. Don’t focus on what could go wrong. Instead focus on the positive. Visualize your success! There is so much power in positive thinking. Think about your favorite parts of the piece and what you enjoy the most about performing it. Focus on playing your piece musically and with lots of heart.

  6. Take a walk, jump up and down, shake out your muscles, or take some deep, calming breaths – whatever helps to ease your anxious feelings just before the performance. Often times when we’re nervous we tend to tighten up our bodies and get tense. Doing these things will help loosen up the body and get rid of some of those pesky performance butterflies!

  7. Connect with your audience. Walk confidently up on stage. Smile, make eye contact, and think of them as friends. They are rooting for you! At the end, silently thank them for listening to your pieces by bowing. As you head back to your seat, you’ll realize that it wasn’t so bad and maybe that you even  enjoyed it more than you thought you would!


Performances teach how to deal with anxiety, and as a result, become more confident about ourselves. This confidence then extends to many other areas of life.

As professional golfer, Paula Creamer said, “Being nervous is not something you should be ashamed of. Nervous means you care, you really want to do well.” So don’t be afraid of those butterflies! Just use these tips to help overcome them and do your very best.

It’s recital day, and there are butterflies in your stomach! What should you do? Even as teachers we still get butterflies in my stomach when we perform. It’s a normal, natural reaction that even professionals and famous people deal with.

But what are some things you can do to calm those nerves down just before a recital or performance? Here is a list of 7 helpful tips that will help the recital be a memory you will remember forever – in a good way!

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