Practicing Performance

Practicing Performance

Developing practice skills are of paramount importance in our personal and musical growth. However, there is another level of practice that is often overlooked in the studio. That is: practicing performing.

I have spent many years practicing and practicing to then get on stage to perform and finding that I’m unable to sing the way I had practiced. It wasn’t until recently, when I began my graduate studies, that I realized what was missing. I needed to not only practice my technique, but to practice trusting my technique under pressure and without needing to use my entire focus to do so. After all, when performing there are many distractions, such as: the audience, shaking legs, the sudden worry that you have forgotten every word to your song, sweat pooling in your palms, etc. etc.

To practice performing, set aside 2-3 minutes in each practice session devoted to turning off your practice focus and simply perform that phrase or page of music you have just worked on. Also, utilize every opportunity to practice performing in front of your friends and family. This will help you build a tolerance to those distractions and nervous feelings of performing in front of others.

Each performance is an opportunity to practice trusting the work you have done. It is an opportunity to learn more about yourself and to share your work and passion with others.


– Sarah Neely, B.M., Voice Instructor 

Jesusa Pons-Garner

I’ve had both my children attend lessons at this location. The staff is absolutely wonderful. Mrs. Amber is an incredible piano instructor!

Jesusa Pons-Garner / parent
Jennifer Ortega

San Antonio Music Academy is very well organized. My daughter's piano teacher is wonderful! She's been taking lessons for 5 months and looks forward to each lesson. I really enjoy the recitals at the LOL Comedy Club.

Jennifer Ortega / parent
Esmeralda Saavedra

My daughter has been registered here since she was 7. Each instructor she’s had has been very friendly and great to work with. Currently she has lessons with Ms Maria and we are so grateful for her and the entire SAMA staff. I can’t recommend enough.

Esmeralda Saavedra / parent
Elio Maldonado Jr.

Jacob was an excellent guitar instructor. He was patient and prepared. I definitely recommend him to any person wanting to learn guitar.

Elio Maldonado Jr. / parent
Crystal Reyes

We absolutely  San Antonio Music Academy!!! All 3 of my children take lessons and they love it. My daughter Taylor has really improved her vocal abilities with the help of a wonderful vocal teacher.

Crystal Reyes / parent
Steve Dell

San Antonio Music Academy is awesome, my son loves the guitar lessons and is super excited to attend every week! He started with zero experience and progressed surprisingly fast. Randy is an amazingly talented guitarist/teacher. He is very patient, yet knows how to push students to the next level. Highly recommend all the instructors, the staff is great!

Steve Dell / parent
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