Performing music is a fundamental and important part of any musician’s journey. It is our belief that music is better shared and performing is a deeply profound experience for both the performer and for the crowd to experience. Even if you are new musician or don’t have the goal to perform there are huge benefits to the performance process that we want to discuss with you below:
1) Goal Setting
A performance opportunity provides a measurable and time sensitive goal to work towards. Having a looming gig on the horizon helps to drive lessons, practice and adds a charge to the musicians journey.
Performing live builds confidence not just in music but in the performers own mind. Rarely do people have the opportunity to put themselves publicly and under the scrutiny of a crowd and in doing so a musician confronts and works through so many of the insecurities and concerns every person has. We see our students stand a little taller and walk with confidence more and more as they complete their different performances.
It is one thing to say that you play an instrument but is another thing entirely to say that you have performed music to a live audience. Having a performance adds a credibility to your words, you’ve followed through on your craft, you’ve become an artist and that is so inspiring and worth celebrating.
4) Break Through
A performance can be pretty nerve-racking but provides an opportunity to step up and overcome these challenges. Once you do you will find it easier to approach a bigger stage, or another musician to work with or to go and record yourself. It’s a step up and will help you rise.
Live music events are a great place to hear others play and to meet other musicians who hear you play, what about a room full of people who totally appreciate what it’s like to learn, play and perform – these are your people and performances are a great way to connect.
6) It’s Fun
When I speak to my students about performing I often use the analogy of a roller coaster – for many of us we wouldn’t describe a roller coaster as fun, but we go on them anyway. They’re exhilarating, terrifying and confronting but it’s the experience, it’s the rush that drives us and we can walk away from it with a great story and with our head held a little higher knowing we pushed through our fears and did it. This is music performance, you’ll love it and you’ll be so glad you gave it a shot.
If you’re up to the challenge speak with us today!