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It is totally possible to get the courage to sing in front of others. In this article, we explore how to get started 🙂
Last Saturday we had a fun singing workshop and a jam with my singing students!
At our singing and voice studio in Auckland, we organize two singing group events a year for all regular students.
The events are aimed to work on things that are harder to do one-on-one and to share the joy of singing together! Another big benefit of the workshops is that students start sharing their voices in a supportive, nonjudgemental and friendly environment.
The workshops/ sessions have different topics, which include:
Our last group session happened last Saturday. The topic for this session was band practice and jam.
Students got the experience to rehearse and set up songs with other musicians (in opposition to always singing with a backing track or one instrument), got experience with live sound, learned some tricks on microphone technique, and finished with a nice jamming session.
One of the main benefits of the session, however, was the possibility for students to start singing in public within a supportive environment and to get the courage to sing in front of others 🙂
Our voice is one of the most vulnerable parts of ourselves. A lot of people report not being able to sing in public if they don’t take alcohol first!
There are very good reasons for that! Our voice shows so much from us. It is completely understandable that we try to protect it and hide it when we feel at risk. It is a survival mechanism.
But know that this is something you can overcome. We have techniques for that. But one of the best things to do if you want to get the courage to sing in front of others is to start sharing your singing with the people that are truly supportive of you. The world is full of people that will criticize you for the sake of it. You are not obligated to sing for them to judge you.
At the studio, all my students are supportive of each other. When you actually go through the process of learning to sing (in opposition to just criticizing with no real knowledge to back it up), you know that it is a deep process that requires time, effort, courage, practice, consistency, and you also know that improvements happen little by little.
You also learn from deep within and not only from theory, that there is definitely NO such thing as a “bad” voice. You learn that your voice is your friend and your instrument, you learn to love it no matter what and feel compassion for it instead of criticizing it and condemning it yourself.
That is why I can see all my students on the same page even if they all are in very different moments of their singing. Because each voice and each process is unique. There is no “worse” or “better”. The only person you should be compared to when it comes to singing is yourself.
When students get together to sing, they have empathy and respect for each other. They appreciate and focus on the good things. They celebrate each other’s progress and achievements, and they also celebrate and appreciate how precious it is that someone trusts them with their voice. That leads to a lot of joy in making music together!
It is a great environment to start trusting and opening up and start feeling comfortable with singing and expressing in public.
If you are a singer and you are stuck with singing in your room only but you want to get the courage to sing to start singing in public, look for a place in which you can be surrounded by supportive people. It can be your family, a close group of friends, or even a small open mic. Do a bit of research and find your tribe. Find the people that will make you feel safe as you open up. Do not hide forever in your room just because your aunty laughed at you when you were singing as a kid, or because your 4th-grade choir teacher told you that you can’t sing, or because your mum told you that you sing like a dog.
You have the right to express yourself.
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