I currently teach a young girl (secondary school age) who we have found is a bit of a perfectionist! It has affected her grade exams (not completing the exam because of one minor slip in the first song) and now her parent has pulled her out of my Christmas show this week as in her lesson this week she was on the verge of having a panic attack about “how it doesn’t sound right”
I’ve tried telling her that we all make mistakes and that the results don’t define her, but does anyone else have any tips that I could try when I see her again in the New Year?
Depending on her ability to digest technique,forget voice and tell her to use her voice as a tool box,perfecting each technique,one by one,then voice will look after itself.It works with mine ,but most are older…
Hey Beckie, I had a read of this and thought a new article about student performance anxiety might be a good read – https://mgrmusic.com/performance-anxiety/ – do reach out to the author of that post as well as he might be able to give some good specific advice as to how to approach these types of situations moving forward as it is certainly more to do with the mental side of singing and performing than the actual physical side of singing.