Performing Your Song: Movin’ and Groovin’

When you sing for an audience, the movements you make around a stage or around the room need to enhance your singing and the story. Being able to move and sing is important, yet starting small is best. Consider these tips on coordinating movement with music:

  • At home, practice singing while doing simple tasks, just to practice doing two things at once.

  • When you’re comfortable moving and singing, speak through your song lyrics and notice what gestures you make. Knowing how you gesture when you speak helps you figure out how to move when you’re singing.

  • Some songs don’t require much movement. Err on the busy side at first when you’re practicing, and then pare the movements until you’re sure that you’re moving in response to what you’re saying.

    Just moving for its own sake when you’re singing doesn’t enhance your song. For example, classical songs don’t require much movement or many gestures.

If singing is new to you, adding some sort of movement may be too much for you right now. Take it one step at a time when you’re figuring out how to perform your new technique with a new song.

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