On the 8th of December, we had our very first student showcase! It was such a beautiful day filled with lots of love and music.
It really isn't easy at all to allow yourself to be vulnerable and put yourself in the spotlight and perform. Yet it was refreshing to observe how everyone was so energized and emboldened by the encouragement and support from each other. Mistakes may have been made, high notes may not have been reached, but it really didn't matter.
Some of these singers were singing for the very first time in front of strangers. And I myself feel very inspired and impressed by the courage of my students to try something new and outside their comfort zone.
Something else that really moved me was also how hard some of my students worked to do well in this showcase. For example, my 2 young students, Millie, and Megan, initially had a bit of trouble learning their harmony parts for a song they were singing together. But they put so much effort to practise in their own time, and they really blew everyone away with their performance.
On another note, it's interesting to see how once nerves and self-consciousness come into play, all knowledge of any vocal technique can get thrown out the window. I get that myself when I perform too. :P Hence, it really isn't a bad idea to keep practising your vocal exercises regularly even if it gets a bit boring sometimes. What this regular practice does is help you to commit your technique to muscle memory, so that even if you are very distracted and not thinking about how to sing, your body already intrinsically knows what to do.
My plan for the next year is to organize a lot more workshops to help singers feel more comfortable in a performance setting, learn how to react to various distractions, and keep a clear head despite feeling nervous. Do stay tuned for more updates! :)
Merry Christmas and Happy 2020 everyone!!! <3