Singing in public as a child
Brian ( Tuvalu )
Singing in public when I was a child – Brian’s goosebump moment
“Hello, my name is Brian, I come from Tuvalu and my goosebump moment is when I was 12 years old and I had to sing Sunday Morning in front of my English class. It was homework we all had, and I didn’t prepare anything, I just learned the lyrics. The day we had to sing, we were just playing around, we didn’t really care, but by the time I started singing everyone went quiet and started paying me attention, I don’t really know why… I started to feel really nervous, so I just continued with the lyrics and once I finished singing everyone started clapping. Everyone seemed really happy, including the teacher, and it was a moment that was really special for me. I will always remember it and I wanted to share it with you.”
A fun and exciting experience
For any singer going out to perform for the first time in front of many people can be stressful. Even the most experienced singers feel nervous.
However, singing in public can be exciting. For children, there can be a sense of euphoria to hear the applause and cheers from the audience, and to see that people are enjoying the performance. And while it’s normal to feel nervous or scared, encouraging a child to practice and prepare well for the performance can also help boost their confidence.
Singing shouldn’t be scary!
Singing gives us emotional security and confidence. Sharing our voice and songs will help us create an empathetic bond with others.
One way to help you get rid of nerves is to practice at home. When you practice, you should take it further than usual. For example, you can sing louder, or with greater intensity.
A good idea is to try to have a proper facial expression while singing. Alone you won’t have to look at the audience, that helps you a lot to lose your embarrassment. You don’t want to smile during a sad song, and you don’t want to look sad during a happy song.
Benefits of singing
When it comes to developing children, the music and songs you choose to sing can also be an indicator of their mood. Singing in a children’s choir helps to externalize emotions and the exercise itself is an almost foolproof way to overcome stage fright.
The moment of facing the audience and being able to enjoy it with your colleagues mitigates that fear that we have all felt at some time in front of a microphone. Singing in front of an audience is a unique experience that also brings an extraordinary maturity.
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