PIANO GIRL! Jillian's Piano Recital 2016

How to Play in a Piano Recital


  1. Prepare your piece.Learn it thoroughly with careful attention to establishing consistent fingerings, dynamics, articulation, and any repeats.
    • Once you're familiar with your piece, memorize it. Memorize measure by measure or line by line. Even after you've learned and memorized it, continue to practice diligently at slow tempos to fix any new problems that develop.
    • Practice with the understanding that you won't be able to make changes at the last minute, and your performance will sound much like your practice.
  2. Perform your piece in low-pressure settings.If your piano is at home, play for your family and guests. Find pianos in public places and play your piece for passersby.
    • If you practice in a music school, play for other students. Evaluate each performance for its good and bad moments, and develop a plan for fixing the mistakes.
  3. Do a dress rehearsal.Pick out the clothes you'll be wearing and make sure they don't restrict your movement or look awkward when you play. Knowing you look great gives you one less thing to worry about on the day of the recital.
  4. Warm up.On the day of the recital, play your piece slowly with the music. Pay attention to troublesome spots, but understand that it's too late to make major changes. Once you've looked over your piece, play something that you love to play, gets you excited about sharing your music with others, or relaxes you.
  5. Arrive early.If possible, test out the instrument you'll be performing on. Evaluate its soft and loud dynamics, tonal control, relative loudness of the octaves, and pedals. You should arrive early even if you're not able to play on the performance instrument: few things contribute to performance anxiety like arriving to your recital late.
  6. Stay calm backstage.Be confident in your thorough preparation. The green room is no place to change fingerings or correct memory slips, so reassure yourself that you have it down. If you feel the need, review the score and play the piece in your head, but not more than once.
  7. Step onto the stage confidently.As you do, smile at the audience and think to yourself, "I have prepared my piece and I feel confident!" Roll the bench up or down to the proper height for you, and take your time to get it right. Once you're done, put your hands in your lap and vividly imagine the beginning of your piece, paying attention to tempo, tone, volume, and the sensation of playing the first notes.
  8. Forget about everything.Immerse yourself in the music. Enjoy the audience's captivation. Revel in sharing your hard work.

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  • Question
    Can I wear a casual dress for playing in the recital?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. If autumn, wear a dress that you can wear leggings underneath. If winter, wear a dress with a cardigan, and if spring or summer, wear a dress that has short sleeves or no sleeves at all.
  • Question
    When I go to perform, I have to sit in the crowd until my turn. I sit for at least 40 minutes. I get really nervous and can't calm down. What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Take deep breaths and clear your mind, don't think about your performance. Just sit there and do nothing and take long, slow breaths. If it helps, you can close your eyes, too. Additionally, you can picture something you are going to do later, like going to school/work, eating dinner or something else that is coming up in your day/week. Also, you can try pushing your feet into the ground or squeezing your fists to relieve stress.
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  • Ask your teacher for tips on memorizing your music.
  • Remind yourself that if you mess up, it's not the end of the world. Mistakes in performances happen to the best pianists. They learn from their mistakes, it makes them grow stronger.
  • Take deep breaths and hum a motivating or soothing song to yourself backstage.
  • If you have a bad performance, don't give up. Evaluate what caused your mistakes and try again.
  • When you finish your piece, remain seated until your hands are off the keys and in your lap, then stand, smile, and bow to the audience.
  • If the audience is clapping as you enter the stage, bow once you reach the piano. If not, don't bow.
  • Always walk in front of the piano.
  • Plan how fast you'll walk to the piano. Try for an exciting pace, but don't hurry.
  • If you're playing with music, bow before you retrieve your music from the piano.

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