4 Tips For Healthy Piano Competition

4 Tips For Healthy Piano Competition

There are mixed emotions on piano competitions. On the one hand, it allows a pianist to show her skills. On the other, it has the potential of squashing her creativity and lessen her love and desire to play for the sake of playing.4 Tips For Healthy Piano Competition

And a lot of it depends on the desires of the pianist. If a young musician has the desire to turn piano playing into a career, friendly competition can make them better.

Setting the right parameters is important for both fun and reward. Why are you interested in competing? What do you hope to gain? Signing up for a piano competition because it’s the natural progression won’t deliver the maximum reward. However, if a student wants critiques, wants to learn more about their ability, and wants to step outside of their comfort zone and be challenged in the process, it might be the perfect step.

Learn From The Competition
When you’re competing against others, it’s important to take a look at who you’re up against. Local competitions are different than regional or even international events. Each offers their own rewards and benefits. While we all join to win, if you make this your primary goal, feelings will undoubtedly get hurt. But if you join as a way of improving your skills and learning from those around you, you will succeed every time.

Your Reference Point
A 13 year old entering for the first time will perform at different levels than a 17 year old that has competed for several years. While competitions may be about final results, each person should approach it with improving from within. Setting small goals that allow you to attain certain results will help improve your skill. Note where you are at the beginning of the process and how much you achieve through practice and performance. What did you accomplish? What could you do better? This is how you move forward and better your musical knowledge.

Just Do It
Every musician has doubts about moving forward at some point. This is when it’s important to keep the end goal in mind. Keep telling yourself you can until you do.

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