Master Teacher Blog: Stage Fright

One of the most common things that musicians struggle with is stage fright, also known as performance anxiety. It’s a very difficult thing to get up in front of an audience to display your music, which is something so extremely personal and vulnerable. What’s weird about the whole thing is that the only way to overcome performance anxiety is to actually perform. We at Park Cities School of Music in Dallas, TX do our best to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to get the jitters out.

One thing that can soothe the anxiety of getting up in front of an audience is preparation. When you feel prepared, it’s more likely that you will have a fun, relaxed time on stage. Not knowing notes, words, rhythms, etc. will certainly do nothing but add to your fears. But when you know your music, it adds a great level of confidence to your experience. This is why, at Park Cities School of Music in Dallas, TX, we encourage consistent practice so that our students can comfortably and regularly take advantage of performance opportunities.

Fear of the unknown is also a huge contributor to stage fright. When we don’t know what to expect, or fear the response of our audience, it makes us anxious and less likely to relax enough to do well. The only way to get over this fear is to face it. The more accustomed we become to presenting our talent, the more we are able to calm down. Also, receiving positive reinforcement, praise, and encouragement from our audience boosts our confidence enormously. This is why it’s so important to allow young musicians to as many opportunities as possible to perform. Here at Park Cities School of Music in Dallas, TX, we do this with our open mic events, regular recitals, special productions, camps, and stage presence classes. We strongly encourage all students of every instrument to take full advantage. It is such an important part of their musical development.

Ebonee Davis

PCSM Master Teacher

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