When music students are performing in a recital or competition, it’s often the parents who suffer the most from nervousness. They know how much and how hard their child has practiced to prepare for the event, and of course want them to do well. It is for this very reason that parents should not be nervous for their child. Although the parent has not done any of the practicing, and therefore does not feel secure with the preparation, the student has done it all, and by this time should feel very secure and ready to perform. So parents, don’t be nervous. Relax and trust that your child is ready to perform his best, and can and will do it! Just be there to support him, and whatever the outcome, show him how proud you are of him and his achievements.