“To be on stage is to be in charge.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 179

Take a moment to recall the stage presence of some memorable soloists: Don’t they convey a sense of authenticity and enjoyment?

It may seem that stage presence would be akin to personality – largely inborn. In fact, projecting a commanding presence involves skills that any musician can learn.

Here are four essential components that I’ve identified and that I expand on throughout The Musician’s Way.

1. Preparation
Thorough artistic preparation empowers us to be secure and expressive under the lights.

Similarly, smart organization ahead of an event ensures that we arrive on time, in a positive mood, and with all of our equipment ready.

2. Desire
When we’re not only prepared but also passionate about sharing our music, our enthusiasm draws listeners in.

3. Strength
Audiences look to us to take them on musical journeys.

So whether our on-stage personalities are outgoing or laid-back, we need to hold the stage with the vigor of leaders.

4. Showmanship
Showmanship (or show-womanship) entails projecting our love of music and our desire to commune with listeners – it doesn’t equate with flamboyance.

When we’re on stage, whether we’re performing for the public or an audition panel, our demeanor should broadcast an invitation that says, “Let’s share something magical!”

Related posts:
The 5 Facets of Performance Preparation 
Mastering Performance Skills

Practicing Performance
Projecting Ease
The Zing of Adrenaline

© 2012 Gerald Klickstein
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