• Michelle Ostrove


One of the most important aspects of singing or playing piano is self-confidence. Yes, it’s easier said than done. It is true that we all have been blessed with our own unique talents. Every singer has their own unique sound, learn to respect your gift and don’t compare your voice or piano playing with another singer or musician. Trying to compare Christina Aguilera with Cheryl Crow is silly, they are both amazing in their own unique way. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, every musician and vocalist has weaknesses, specific areas that need to be worked on.

Self-confidence comes from within, knowing who you are and not looking at your weaknesses – focus on your strengths. Make a list of five things you like about yourself and add one more item each week. What you tell yourself is the most important thing. Your self-talk, the conversation that goes on inside YOUR head is the most important thing. You cannot stop negative thoughts from entering your brain, but you can prevent yourself from dwelling on them. When a negative thought happens immediately counter it with a positive thought and repeat a positive phrase about yourself continuously until the negative one is gone. When you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and tell yourself: “I am a great singer,” “I am a talented pianist,” “I can do anything,” “I’m a kind person,” “I’m a talented performer.” What you think, you will become, what you tell yourself will happen, your words have amazing power for good or bad. It’s your choice, it’s your word, it’s your life, it’s what you believe about yourself.

What does it mean to play piano with confidence? For many piano students, that feeling of confidence is not an easily obtained. Sitting down to play can create feeling of self-doubt and anxiety. It’s important to practice daily, even if it is for a short time. Just have fun with it and enjoy yourself; focus on the positives, not the negatives. Think about when you started and how far you’ve come.

To build confidence as a singer it is important to warm up with vocal and breathing exercises. Proper posture makes you feel confident and daily practice helps perfect your vocals. Also, try singing in front of your family or friends, have a karaoke night. Recording yourself objectively (as if you were listening to someone else) this allows you to hear your current strengths and weakness, and work on them. If you have a recording of you singing at the beginning and then record yourself six months later, you will hear the improvement with proper instruction.

Being confident is nothing more than believing in yourself. Knowing you are enough and that you were born with something special, something different that no one else has and let that specialness shine through in your own unique way.


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