Conquering Performance Anxiety


Q: Do you have any suggestions for overcoming performance anxiety?

Dr. Heidi Hernandez raises her family, teaches, and plays with the Phoenix Symphony.

One of the most important elements of overcoming performance anxiety is adequate preparation. No matter how much you try to pretend that it will be alright, if you have not taken the time and effort to practice well what you are playing, your confidence will be lacking and your anxiety will increase. So when you commit to a performance, discipline yourself to work hard immediately so that you have plenty of time to get comfortable with the music and will not be frantically trying to prepare right before the event.

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