Thank you Shelly Davis @pianoparentpodcast for this article on Recital Butterflies. Listen to the podcast here: http://www.pianoparentpodcast.com/140-2/
“Today I am aiming my comments toward the piano kids so I really encourage parents to listen to this one with them. If you are a teacher listening, consider making this required homework for all your students preparing for upcoming recitals. Share this episode with a friend. Stick around until the end where I will tell you about a free practice tracker you can use to help your piano kids get lots of repetitions on their recital pieces.
1. Why Butterflies?
2. You Care
The presence of butterflies shows that you care about this performance and that’s a very good sign. Because you care, you want to do your best. When you have the feelings and symptoms I’m describing on today’s show, don’t let them cause your more stress, recognize that your brain and your body are responding to the situation.
3. Heart Racing
When your brain is in protection mode, it will cause your heart to beat faster to quickly get blood to all the places your body needs (like your legs if you’re running from that bear!)
- That’s a weird feeling but it’s normally not anything to worry about.
- You would feel the same way if you were in line to ride a roller coaster.
- That exhilaration can help you enjoy this experience even more.
- When you feel your heart beating faster, take a deep breath and remind your brain that you are not in danger, you are simply going to play the piano.
4. Shaky Hands
They are ready for action! Remember I just told you your heart is beating faster to get the blood to all the places your body needs. This is to help you when you run. The problem is, if you’re sitting in a chair in a performance hall and not running, your muscles, with all their freshly oxygenated blood need to do something!
- Shaking helps get rid of the extra energy.
- You’re okay. In fact, you are perfectly normal!
- When you feel your hands shaking, take a deep breath and remind your brain that you are not in danger, you are simply going to play the piano.
5. Sweaty Palms
Once again, this symptom should assure you that your brain and body are in normal working order and are ready to protect you if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation (I hope you never have to put it to the test!) Sweaty palms – actually sweaty anywhere – when you are nervous is a way your body can control its temperature. The moisture in your hands would also come in “handy” if you needed to tackle that bear or climb a tree to escape. Since you don’t need extra moisture on your hands when playing the piano, keep a tissue or a handkerchief close by to dry them off before you play.
6. Quick Thinking
7. Breathe Deeply
9. Performance Rush
10. Plan Ahead