by Joanne Jolee

I announced to my students that our next recital was scheduled and we would all be working on our performance skills including me. A new student apparently horrified by the notion told me that she would not perform. I asked her why and she said that she just didn’t want to…so I dug into her thoughts a little with her.

“When you imagine standing alone on a stage and performing, how do you feel?”

“I feel afraid.”

” What exactly are you afraid of?”

“I’m afraid of making a mistake.”

“Sure. Your feelings are valid and understandable. Nobody wants to make mistakes publicly. What do you think will happen if you make a mistake?”

“I will feel stupid and the audience might laugh at me.”

I explained to my young student that those who laugh at another individual’s honest mistake reveal their cruelty. And I responded, “We’re above that sort of thing!”

I continued.

“Fear is powerful and needs to be seen as a challenge and an opportunity to strengthen ourselves. If we run away, we will eventually arrive at a critical moment in our lives where strength is demanded, where we no longer have the option to run, and we will otherwise collapse.”

“It is good to conquer your fears that stand in the way of your personal growth, and what better way to than in the environment of a supportive audience. ”

 

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