Prior to any performance, it is important to remind yourself that you practiced thoughtfully and thoroughly. Typically, you will feel prepared if you identified and worked out the main technical and musical issues associated with each piece (i.e. sound, intonation, rhythm, articulation, character). Ideally, you feel you can execute these details in front of others reliably and with confidence. Keep in mind that perfection is not your goal – your goal is excellence!
From the beginning of your preparation period, ask yourself these questions for each piece (and continue asking until the big day):
Have I identified and worked out the main technical challenges and musical ideas?
What still remains to be polished? How do I get there?
Remind yourself that there is no such thing as a perfect performance!
Am I able to show off my intended expression, phrasing, sound, intonation, and rhythm etc. in front of others? (Identify a strategy to ensure this)
What are my strengths and how can I show them off?
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