Performance Anxiety

Piano Lessons Update. My piano lessons have been going well. Teacher praises me occassionally. She says my sight reading is good, I learn fast and I’ve got a good feeling for music. Ahem! During my half hour lesson, hubby takes the kids to the park after dropping me at piano school. So they all enjoy themselves too.

I am diligent in my practise because I love it. However, even though I practise hard and sound ok at home, when I get to the class, my fingers stiffen and I make mistakes. I am suffering from Performance Anxiety.

Silly isn’t it? Despite my practise, despite teacher’s praises, despite it being an individual class with no one else around, I still feel nervous when playing for the teacher. I don’t feel nervous when playing for myself. In fact, I play with much more feeling too but in class, the feeling disappears in place for a nervous or performance anxiety feeling. Bleargh! 


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4 thoughts on “Performance Anxiety

  1. You will get over the anxiety. It’s early days. Now you know why kids make mistakes when someone is watching over their shoulders. 🙂 This is what my kids used to say to me when they were practising their piano.
    You’ll be fine.

    I’m doing fine because I play from the love of it, not because I’m forced to and not to compete with anyone. Hahaha.

  2. Wait till you have to sit for the test..haha. I had to do that for took the joy of piano playing from me. I’m sure you’re learning to play leisurely.

    Yeah, must be boring isn’t it having to learn all that music theory. Hahaha.

  3. I agree with Vien. Piano exams kills whatever joy you have in learning how to play the piano as you spend months playing the same pieces over and over again (driving your neighbours nuts in the process!)
    My husband never took any piano exams and he plays much better than I do.
    Anyway glad to hear the lessons are going well for you 🙂

    No, I’m not taking any exams but I still drive my neighbours nuts. Lol!

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