Performing with Confidence
Stage Performance Myths
Myth: You’re more authentic if you just wing it.
Reality: “Winging it” tends to result in awkward transition moments, repetitive performances, and wandering. The most successful performers have a performance plan that gives structure for spontaneity to happen within.
Myth: You don’t need to work on specific skills – it’s all about confidence.
Reality: Developing skills helps you develop confidence, not vice versa.
Myth: I already gig, so I’m good.
Justin has coached artists at every level from novice to weekly performing artists to major festival winners. Everyone has something to learn.
Registration and Schedule
7 Tuesdays starting July 13, 2021
Teens 13-17: 5-6:45pm
“Justin gives you practical and really down-to-earth techniques you can use to improve your performance, and the synergy that happens with other class members is great!” – Doug W.
- How to get comfortable using the entire stage
- How to use the song to get ideas for your performance
- What to do when a musician takes a solo
- When to move and when to stay in one place
- How to be interesting without moving around a lot
- How to get from one spot to another on stage without looking planned or awkward
- How to help the audience experience the most important element of a song
- Build a performance plan to give you confidence and room for spontaneity
- Harness your nerves to your advantage
- Handle a mic and stand without looking awkward or getting feedback
- How to sound check
Each class will include discussion and examples of a particular stage performance skill, followed by a chance for every student to perform to integrate that skill as well as skills from previous classes.
The ability to sing at least one or two songs from memory.
Who This Class Is For
From beginners who feel unsure about everything on stage, to intermediate performers who feel comfortable on stage but would like to learn a framework that takes their performance to the next level.
Performers can either sing to a track or accompany themselves.
About Your Teacher
Justin Leighton Long developed his coaching ability working with singers over 20 years of playing, touring and running live sound. As a dedicated “sideman,” Justin has spent his career focusing on helping singers look and feel amazing on stage. Spending thousands of nights watching singers succeed or fail in front of crowds gave Justin a passion for the topic of stage performance.