I have several adult students who continually tell me that they find themselves nervous at our lessons and that they played better at home. While I assure them that playing for the teacher is somewhat of a “performance” and it is very normal to loose a little quality I’m wondering if there is anything else I can do. I’m a very mild-mannered person and pretty sure I’m not personally coming across as intimidating, it is just the situation.
Does anyone have any blog articles I can print and hand out to validate their feelings, while providing techniques for overcoming them? I’m thinking maybe Harp Column has printed something like this in the past, but I couldn’t find it among the handful of articles I’ve saved.