“Ah, music...

A magic beyond all we do here!” 

Albus Dumbledore. 

- from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling.

Performing music CAN be a magical experience!  

A great performance has the magical power to change how we think and feel.

It lets us travel through time and space ... speak other languages ... 

experience feelings, ideas, colors, images and dreams that remind us of real life, or an imaginary world.

But, performing WELL is not a magic trick!

It's not random, not based on talent, or having a lucky moment.

And it's more than just playing the right notes, or showing impressive technical skills.

Performing well - and creating magical moments - takes practice and experience!


Improve your success on stage and learn how to practice for performance ... 


Read my TOP 3 TIPS now!

And attend one of my 

Piano Performance Workshops!

Also, performing helps us develop skills that are valuable in many other areas of life, including:

  • Memorizing 

  • Concentration & Focus

  • Setting goals

  • Poise & Confidence

  • Expressing oneself clearly

  • Self-awareness and empathy 

Students are given many performance opportunties throughout the year to develop these skills and give deeper focus to our weekly lessons, including:  





1)  Practice performing. Create mock performances for family, friends, or record yourself. Play your music in lots of different settings: home, school, your lesson, and on a stage. The more you practice performing, the better you’ll get at playing your piece confidently when you’re in the spotlight!


2)  Focus on the details. Your performance practice should include all the things you’ll do in a real performance: walking on and off the stage, bowing, adjusting the bench, breathing & preparing, playing without stopping, bowing, and walking again. These are things we don’t always do in everyday practice, so it’s easy to forget or feel insecure about doing them on stage. Make it a point to practice a few times in the concert attire you’ll wear for the real performance. Practicing everything exactly like a real performance will ensure that you look your best AND feel your best from the second you step in front of an audience!


3)  Test your memory. Our focus and concentration really get put to the test when we’re under pressure. To make sure that your memorization of the music is secure, create memory tests in the weeks before the performance:  test hands alone from memory; divide your music into sections and memorize important “landmarks” or “starting points” that you can aim for or jump to if you get lost. Ask another person to attempt to distract you while you play, and see if you can keep playing no matter what!  There are lots of other memory strategies you can try … come to the Piano Performance Workshops to learn more!​​​​​​​​​​



© 2002-2020 Heather Rogers Riley


The studio's Pond-side location in Jamaica Plain is convenient to many neighborhoods:

Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Milton, Newton, Roslindale, Roxbury, Watertown, 

West Roxbury, Quincy.

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