Piano performance anxiety is a manifestation of certain beliefs that your student holds.
Some of these thoughts might be:
Fear of failure
Fear of judgement or criticism
Messing up in front of their peers
Expectations on how their performance should go
Thinking that the performance must be a perfect rendition
Not trusting in their abilities
There might also be some aspects of the performance or exam itself that might make your student feel nervous, such as:
How prepared your student is
Experience level of performing
How many people will watch the performance?
Length of the performance – if a student has a 20-minute recital, this will be very different from a 1-minute performance.
Context of the performance - for example, performing for an examiner would be very different to playing just for their family.
Getting to the root thoughts of anxiety with your student can be really revealing and a good place to start.
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