The Age has published a useful article relevant to all musicians, particularly performing ones. Advice includes:
- Ensure you know the technical work, exercises and correct pieces to be performed, particularly for examinations.
- Check any special instructions and requirements for tests such as sight-reading, aural tests, transposition and general knowledge.
- Take time during a performance to check your instrument (not retune it!)
- Check you can play from memory without reference to a printed copy, if needed to.
- If you have the choice between a grand and an upright piano, play the one you are most used to practicing on.
- During practice, warm up with technical exercises, then work on any difficult passages in the pieces you are learning, slowly at first and then gradually up to performance speed.
- Perform in public when you can, as this helps to reduce nerves and build confidence playing in front of other people.
- Don’t neglect expression, rhythm and musical phrasing.
- Be confident!
Read the full article: The power of practice