Five Tips for Controlling Nerves when Singing



Posted on: 21 Apr 2021

Five Tips for Controlling Nerves when Singing

We love to sing but it can be nerve wracking!  Singing Teacher Christine Cusack has the magic formula to deal with those nerves and wow your audience with your performance...


1. If you find you lose control of your voice onstage, practice your songs at a higher heartrate. Jog on the spot for a couple of minutes and sing your song.


2. The song is more than technique. To envelope yourself in a performance, engage with the lyrics and study the message/emotion of the song and how to relay that to the audience in your performance. The song is 1st, the audience is 2nd.


3. Practice performing. In front of family, friends, CSS peeps.  Audition for roles in CSS, school projects, competitions and performance opportunities elsewhere.  Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.


4. Record yourself. I challenge some of my students to do "one take recordings" and send them to me. It's the art of performance at home. No do-overs. It helps with coping with natural performance mistakes.


5. There is no such thing as a perfect performance! Even if you think someone did a flawless job in their performance, I guarantee if you ask them, they will have multiple things they'd like to change. Things the audience doesn't even notice! Every performance is a learning opportunity to be a little better next time.


Lucy has been attending Centre Stage since the age of 4.  I can’t thank the teachers and staff enough for all they instill in our kids; the talent, confidence & camaraderie inside those doors are so important, and it's a privilege for any child to be part of, and something which they’ll carry with them through life. 

Lisa Punch

My daughter Aoibhe Lilly has attended Centre Stage for the past 5 years. The overall experience has been phenomenal. She has always enjoyed the high standard of classes on offer. Centre Stage offers a caring, nurturing environment, where love of arts is encouraged, in a place where children can dance, act, sing, laugh and have fun, making lifelong friends and memories. In Aoibhes own words 'It's my happy place'!

Eilish O'Leary

My daughter has been attending Centre Stage School for 4 years. She started with Theatre Tots and moved on ward from there. The musical theatre classes have been instrumental in the development of her self-confidence, as well as her great love for music and dance. The teachers and staff include and encourage all children of all abilities, and each child has a chance to shine. I couldn’t recommend Centre Stage School highly enough. Thank you to everyone there for the amazing work you do!  

Caroline Hayes