Will You Play for Us?
Even adults can still experience a small dose of stage fright now and then when they are invited to perform onstage. So you can probably imagine how your child may feel when his music teacher plans a show that requires all of the students to perform. While this may seem like a good way to showcase the student’s musical talent, it may not be a walk in the park for your child. Is it really necessary for children to perform at such a young age? Is this type of exposure helpful for them in the future?
Much research has been dedicated to the exploration of children performing at a young age. In a nutshell, there is simply no benefit to forcing a young performer onto the stage. Too much coaxing can actually backfire and the young musician may lose all interest in performing. The best thing to do is to give the budding musician some time to develop his own comfort zone. However, there are a few things that can be tried along the way to coax a young performer into feeling more comfortable.
1) Try a rehearsal in front of the parents
2) Hold a practice rehearsal in the performance venue (hall, auditorium, etc.)
3) Have a group of young musicians agree to perform on stage together
4) Ask each budding musician whether he or she wants to try doing a solo version
Keep in mind that your child will more likely than not get over his fear of performing as time passes. And if he doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world. It is better for him to learn the joys of music rather than be turned off to it completely simply for the sake of performing. The trick is to give him time to actually want to get up there and perform. Once he does, there will be no holding him back!