Scared of Singing?
You are not alone. Most people are scared of singing in public and for many, even the prospect of bashing out 'Happy Birthday' with anyone but the dog present is enough to break out in a cold sweat. Along with the fear of public speaking, fear of public singing can be more panic inducing than the fear of death itself! We have heard so many stories of people who were told as children that they couldn't or shouldn't sing. Sometimes a relative, or even a music teacher can destroy your confidence for singing or speaking in public with one damaging comment.
The benefits of getting over your fear of singing in public
Any time we achieve something we thought difficult or even impossible we get a huge boost to our self esteem. The fear of singing in public is largely irrational as we are not going to be socially excluded or ostracised for doing it. Stepping out of our comfort zone and owning it is going to improve our mental and physical well being and strengthen our connection to others.
Safety in Numbers
While it may seem counter-intuitive to tackle your fear of singing in public with other people, we have found that this provides the most supportive atmosphere to start conquering those demons. Our fear is based in deep instinctive fears of rejection, abandonment and social exclusion so what better way to start positively reinforcing your voice than to have the support of others who feel the same. In a large sporting event or music gig you might get thousands of people all singing together and feel that your voice will just get lost in the crowd. Is that actually facing your fear though?
One on one singing lessons can be extremely beneficial to unlock your voice and to gain confidence in your own sound. A supportive singing teacher, and on that specialises in nervous singers or beginners will be perfect to start you on the road to loving your own voice.
Join a choir
There is a growing number of community and amateur choirs that are open to all abilities and this is a great way of starting your singing journey. Yes there will be people there who love the sound of their own voice but you will find very supportive communities and other people just like you who are there to build their confidence.
Take a Musical Improv Class
Well we would say that as enabling people to conquer their fear of singing is one of our prime objectives when delivering a Musical Improv class. The hardest part is taking the leap of faith to book yourself on a class in the first place. Once you are in the room, physically or virtually, you will soon be laughing, creating, supporting others and singing. We have spent the last 15 years carefully designing classes to gently encourage people to expand their comfort zone and to actively enjoy singing in front of other people. There is no judgement of the quality of anybody's voice, musicality or creativity. Musical Improv Classes are about bringing yourself, being yourself and being part of a trusting, supportive group.
We are running a series of online sessions designed specifically for people who are scared of singing or who hate Musical Improv! Come join us and see what you can achieve and support others on the same journey towards greater self-confidence. Expect laughter, a safe space, like-minded people and, well okay...there will be some singing. Find out more or sign up to our Musical Improv for those who hate Musical Improv Class.
Heather Urquhart and Joe Samuel have over 15 years experience performing, teaching and writing about Musical Improv. Based in the UK they have facilitated workshops and graced stages around the world.