So, how did/do I combat my nerves? I focus on things that I can control. First, I know my music cold/backward/forward/just after waking up. I make sure my music is memorized a minimum of 30 days before the day of the concert. At the 30-day mark, I perform 4 to 5 run-throughs of my recital music per day for 7 straight days. I don’t practice sections, I simply perform the entire recital straight through. Yes, this takes about 75 minutes per run-through. After every run-through, I write down 3 things that I could have improved (i.e.