Ask any musician who's had experience performing and they'll tell you what a big role confidence plays in their performances. In a high-pressured setting like performing in front of an audience, confidence can mean the difference between a disastrous and a phenomenal performance. Not only that, but a confident body language also greatly affects how the audience perceives you.
While there are many things a student can do to build and increase confidence--in fact there's a great chapter in Barry Green's The Mastery of Music about building confidence in music that I'll write about in another post--this one is super easy. What if I shared with you a scientifically proven way to increase your testosterone(confidence) level, and lower your cortisol(stress) level easily and all in under 2 minutes?
This is the video of a surprisingly touching TED talk by Amy Cuddy, a Harvard researcher, on the power of "power posing"; taking on a posture of confidence regardless of how we actually feel.
What does this mean for my students? POWER POSE, walk to the piano with a purpose, smile confidently at the audience, forget mistakes, stay in the moment, and keep on sharing the gift of music.
So start practicing these power poses, imagine Iron Man putting in his new and improved heart because you are about to power up with these poses....that was kind of lame but you get the idea.
"Don’t fake it till you make it. Fake it till you become it.” - Amy Cuddy
Have you tried these "power poses" before? What are some other things or tricks you tell your kids or students about confidence? Share it in the comments!
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