Build Confidence (In Yourself and Your Abilities) with Singing!
Do you love to sing, but are you afraid to sing in front of others? Scared to share your voice? Do you have a shy child who likes to sing and can carry a tune, but afraid to sing out in chorus or audition for that solo? Yes, you want to make your singing (or a child's) better by taking singing lessons, but how will that help you to be more comfortable in front of others or more confident in yourself?
By taking singing lessons, you are spending time with yourself and working on a part of you. It's similar to when you spend that time at the gym. You are working on the overall person that you are and fine tuning a part of YOU! The endorphins created when you workout make you feel better about yourself, control stress, and affect how you interact with others.
When you take singing lessons, you are also focusing on your body and what it can do for you as a musician. You not only improve your singing voice, but your confidence level in singing and yourself. The concentrated time spent with yourself and improving your instrument creates those same endorphins. This makes you feel good about you and enhances the music that you make.
Singing lessons involve time spent on posture and poise. This increases your confidence level. Read more about it: http://www.healthyandconfidentsingingvoice.blogspot.com/2013/05/posture-and-poise.html
When you have more confidence in your skills, you perform a song differently. Look them in the eye and communicate what you (or your character) have to say! Being someone else for a little while in a play or opera often makes it easier. Being comfortable enough with yourself to let the inhibitions go and try to sing the song and be the character from Guys and Dolls or convey the meaning of Danny Boy in a performance can unleash a different part of a person. Once you can do that, it affects YOU in everyday life.
(Remember that quiet girl who had a hard time talking at the party because she was too shy? Once a student has sung a song in a performance, the quiet, reserved person may start to come out of her shell, be confident enough to look a person in the eye in a conversation, or speak up in class!).
Have you ever had this experience or know of someone who has? I would love to hear about it!
Does a more confident singer and person communicate more effectively? Let me know your thoughts and tune in next week for how singing can help communication skills.