MORE ON STAGE FRIGHT Many performers are stressed before their performance. This is normal. Some level of stress is necessary. However, if the stress gets too severe it can affect your performance and you will not meet your own (high) standards. You may suddenly forget your lines, start trembling uncontrollably, get a frog in your throat or forget how to walk onto the stage. This can make you feel disappointed, frustrated or even powerless.

Research done in Britain in 1997 showed that 70 percent of all professional orchestra musicians suffer from stage fright to such an extent that it affected the quality of their music. The musicians interviewed were relieved at the outcome of the research and that it was finally being taken seriously. It is a well-known fact that Oskar Back, a violin teacher, never performed due to his stage fright!

For many performers and students of music or theatre academy, stage fright (or even talking about it) is still taboo. Teachers are often inexperienced or not trained in dealing with students who suffer from stage fright.
It is a good idea to deal with and learn how to cope with (types of) stage fright early on in your career. This can save you a lot of disappointment and give you a higher level of self-satisfaction, helping you get the most out of your performances.

As a professional musician and haptonomist I can offer you the necessary guidance. I have a room with a piano in which a stage situation can be simulated. This enables you to practice in a safe environment, after which you can continue your studies and work with less fear and more pleasure.



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