Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

“You’re so lucky,” one of my students long ago commented. “You can just get up there on stage and play and not be nervous.”

I smiled and remembered the words of one of my mentors who said it best: “Every master was once a disaster.” (T. Harv Eker)

For me, getting over fear and anxiety of speaking and playing in front of an audience has taken most of my life. However, there is a cure and it does happen.

The best way to conquer those fears? “Practice doing what you fear and the death of fear is certain. “ (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Friday March 10th was our Suzuki Violin Group Concert. Many of our children have performed a few times. For some it was a first performance. And as I always say, kids always deliver. Even though some of the rehearsals were less than perfect, the young students truly exceeded all  of my expectations! The beauty of the tone from the first note to the last was amazing.

However, or my adult violin ensemble class, it was just the 2nd time I have had them perform.

For adult beginners, performing on an instrument you started as an adult can be truly fear inducing and daunting. You are surrounded by children, many of whom can already play more expertly.

Yet, our adult string group did perform and performed very well!!

The night was truly magical and I felt so proud of this wonderful group of adults who I am privileged to teach every Thursday night. They are truly learning and growing and developing their ability.

And they moved all of us who watched and played with them.

They felt the fear and did it anyway!

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