A good piano performance takes plenty of patience, practice, and persistence. And your first piano recital can be nerve-wracking, on top of that! Here, music teacher Liz T. shows you exactly how to prepare…
If you’re new to playing piano, your first piano recital is a wonderful opportunity to showcase what you’ve learned in front of family and friends! However, performing can be nerve-wracking for kids and adults alike. Here is a suggested timeline to help you perform at your best!
Prep Before the Recital
3 Months Before
- Start planning your repertoire (the songs you’ll be performing) with your teacher. Having your songs picked out at least three to four months before your recital gives you plenty of time to practice.
2 Months Before
- In your lessons, work with your teacher on improving your rhythm, as well as mastering the melody and chords.
- In between lessons, practice your pieces! Work on the left and right hand separately, then practice with both hands together.
- Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to learn entire songs in one sitting. Break it down: work on 16 measures at a time, or one page at a time.
1 Month Before
- This is the most crucial time before the recital, so make sure you’re not slacking off!
- If you feel prepared, try challenging yourself by memorizing your piano pieces.
- Try recording yourself playing, so you can identify areas you still need to work on.
- Listen to professional recordings of your pieces.
- Make sure you know the logistics of the recital: What time should you arrive? How should you dress? Will the recital be indoors or outdoors?
- Put on a mock recital in front of your friends and family.
Day of the Recital
- Get a good night’s rest and eat a well-balanced meal.
- Bring extra copies of your music, as well as snacks and water.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Make sure you warm up! Run through some scales and arpeggios, stretch your muscles, and keep your hands warm and loose.
- Breathe! It’s normal to get stage fright, but imagine your performance going well, and stay positive.
Additional Tips for Your First Piano Recital
- Besides bringing extra copies of your music, I recommend having a picture of your music saved on your smartphone (as you never know what can happen).
- I also recommend either laminating your music onto a small board or putting it into a three-ring notebook. This way, you won’t have pages blowing away and falling down.
Got it? Here’s a handy infographic to print out and post where you can see it!
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I wish you all the best with your upcoming piano recital. If you would like to map out an action plan for how to excel at your next recital, schedule a piano lesson today and get started!
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