Studio M Performances

The following was written by our Program Manager and voice teacher Anne.

In the next couple of months we have a lot of performances coming up. Studio M at Oakridge has their second recital at the end of March, while Studio M at Woodland and Kaiser are just beginning that process towards their final performance. All the while our in studio Studio M groups in Costa Mesa and Irvine are gearing up for their performances at our May recital. Performance is one of the most important and frightening part of doing music. And while you have others supporting you in a group class, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get nervous before stepping up to the microphone.

There are a lot of things that group members need to do that are different than what a solo performer needs to do. We’ll discuss a few of them.

First off, you need to know your part. But not just your part! You need to know everyone else is singing so that you are able to come in when it is your turn next. You need to be engaged with the performance, even when you are not singing. I’ve found that singing the other person’s part in my head (not out loud!) is very helpful to keep in the performance.

Second, you need to be aware of your stage presence. Sometimes when we are in group we think it doesn’t matter what we are doing. We have someone to our left, someone to our right, and sometimes someone behind or in back of us. No one is going to notice what we are doing, right? Actually, a lot of the time, they do. Make sure you aren’t shifting back and forth, or moving around a lot. It can draw attention away from your friend’s performance!

What about nerves? Do group singers need to worry about those? Absolutely! Even if you don’t have a solo, getting up on stage and performing for people can be scary. So remind yourself that you know your part, that everyone in the audience wants you to do well, and take three or four deep breaths.

In the next couple of months we have a lot of performances coming up. Studio M at Oakridge has their second recital at the end of March, while Studio M at Woodland and Kaiser are just beginning that process towards their final performance. All the while our in studio Studio M groups in Costa Mesa and Irvine are gearing up for their performances at our May recital. Performance is one of the most important and frightening part of doing music. And while you have others supporting you in a group class, that doesn’t mean that you won’t get nervous before stepping up to the microphone.

There are a lot of things that group members need to do that are different than what a solo performer needs to do. We’ll discuss a few of them.

First off, you need to know your part. But not just your part! You need to know everyone else is singing so that you are able to come in when it is your turn next. You need to be engaged with the performance, even when you are not singing. I’ve found that singing the other person’s part in my head (not out loud!) is very helpful to keep in the performance.

Second, you need to be aware of your stage presence. Sometimes when we are in group we think it doesn’t matter what we are doing. We have someone to our left, someone to our right, and sometimes someone behind or in back of us. No one is going to notice what we are doing, right? Actually, a lot of the time, they do. Make sure you aren’t shifting back and forth, or moving around a lot. It can draw attention away from your friends performance!

What about nerves? Do group singers need to worry about those? Absolutely! Even if you don’t have a solo, getting up on stage and performing for people can be scary. So remind yourself that your know your part, that everyone in the audience wants you to do well, and take three or four deep breaths.

And finally, have fun! You’ve worked hard to get to your performance, and you’ve got this!

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