This morning we listened to two exerts played by Amy and Sterling. Sterling played Chopin's Nocturne in E Flat on the piano and Amy played a violin piece by Shostakovich. They both played very well considering they were both quite nervous. We gave both of them a critique on how they played and what they could do to improve upon each piece. Then Neil talked about why we get nervous and why we each chose to be a musician. Neil says that he treats the nerves as if it's another voice in his head nagging away at him and trying to put him off. The voice makes us focus on the parts of the piece we are most worried about rather than focusing on the parts of the piece we can play well. Neil says over time and with experience of performing, these nerves will fade away and that we will enjoy playing more because of this.