Singing or playing piano for a large audience or a few people can be intimidating. Some of the world’s most famous performers have suffered from extreme performance anxiety, including Adele, Barbara Streisand, Rhianna, Lorde, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Here are some tips to help ease the anxiety and make it a little easier.

Choose the right song for you and make it work. In order to connect with your audience, you need to connect with the song! Be sure to select songs that you enjoy singing or playing, and make sure you understand what the song is about. The next step to make the song your own; bring your interpretation of the song.

Your body language and posture (presentation) speaks volumes; you can show confidence or fear. Your audience will feel whatever you are feeling and projecting. Remember that your posture can increase or decrease the quality of your vocal production and your body language (especially your facial expressions) can enhances or take away from the story you want to tell. If you are not sure how you come across when you sing or play piano, then this is something to work on with your vocal coach or piano teacher. You can also practice in front of the mirror or with family and friends! Keep your shoulders down and relax your jaw and breathe!

Attached is a video of Addison Witt performing “House of the Rising Sun”; you’d never know she had stage fright because she channeled it into her performance.



What musical instrument doesn’t tell the truth? A lyre (liar)

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