Friday March 9, 2012
Master Your Performance
Course takes you beyond stage fright, nerves and helps improve confidence and presence March 17
Released by Graham Yates, CAM
erformers of all kinds, from musicians to public speakers, will be familiar with this scenario: a performance can be thrown off course, even after diligent preparation, by nerves or something unexpected like a misplaced prop or microphone stand.
The solution, according to
Mel Nieva who is a professional Vancouver musician and teacher, is
to learn to "own your performance." She is offering a masterclass on
this subject at the Academy of Music on Saturday, March 17.
Nieva is no stranger to
Chilliwack. She grew up here and studied voice at the Chilliwack
Academy of Music before going on to do diploma work at Capilano
University (then College) in both classical and jazz fields. She has
now returned to give coaching and masterclasses to young musicians.
Most recently, she ran a successful Glee-inspired summer camp at the
former Chilliwack Arts Centre and helped debut the Sto:lo Vocal
Ensemble in December.
As a result, she has developed a teaching style that is informal and encouraging. Masterclass participants, for instance, get a chance to fiddle with that proverbial microphone stand and as a result learn how it works and how to avoid feeling flustered when an audience is watching.
Participants will also
explore concepts like stage presence, introducing oneself and
others, and collaborating artistically with an accompanist or backup
band. Owning one's performance is partly about owning the stage and
exuding confidence as a performer. According to Nieva, this
confidence translates into aspects of everyday life, too.
The "Own Your Performance" masterclass is open to all young musicians aged 8-18 and is equally geared to vocalists and instrumentalists, classical and popular musicians.
It takes place on Saturday, March 17 from 1-3 p.m. in the Wagner Appliances Studio at the Cultural Centre. A live piano accompanist as well as iPod connectivity for backing tracks will be available for those who require them.
The cost is $25, and
participants must contact the Academy of Music to confirm their
attendance by Thursday, March 15 at 4:30 pm.
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