QUOTE(The Flute Fanatic @ May 8 2010, 05:11 PM)
I'm doing my grade 6 flute this June, but in order to keep the tempo steady and the rhythm right I find it helps to tap my foot. I've tried just moving my toes inside my shoe but it doesn't help, I'm aiming for a good distinction mark and I've always got high marks on my pieces (28, 28, 27 for grade 5) so I don't want to drag down my mark just because of this. I'm fine with the accompanied pieces as the piano keeps me in time.The study I'm doing is Hillbilly Holiday by the way.
I know Hillbilly Holiday: I can understand you wanting to tap your foot to this listening to it, let alone playing it!
Being overly rigid with movement isn't a good idea, it'll cause tension : think about when you listen to your favourite music, particularly if it has a strong beat (like jazzy/poppy stuff) - it's unlikely you'll stay perfectly still. If you move your toes inside your shoe (which I sometimes do), it won't in my opinion make a jot of difference : be wary of tapping your foot excessively though : particularly if it's noisy, that would be offputting.