How to help your student with performance anxiety aka stage fright




You probably spend as much time helping students experiencing Performance Anxiety (PA) aka stage fright, as you do working on their voice. Singing or speaking in public can be terrifying not only for the beginner but also even the most experienced of singers. 

Topics covered:

  • Why do we get PA in this situation 
  • What symptoms might indicate someone is feeling anxious in a performance setting 
  • How the teacher can help the student strategise to avoid the effects of PA 
  • What other resources, therapies, and treatments we could recommend to our students 

Let’s make sure we can help them feel confident and comfortable on stage, and most importantly that they come away having had an awesome experience!


BAST Training founder and creator, Line Hilton, is passionate about facilitating the singer in fulfilling their potential, both technically and creatively. She draws on a diverse pool of training, qualifications, experiences, and skills to help those who require it, whether as performers or teachers.

Line is a trained nurse, has a B.Mus Ed degree from the prestigious Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and MSc in Performing Arts Medicine from University College London – think Sports Medicine for performers!

With Line’s deep understanding of the vocal mechanism she is able to help a singer gain ease of control over their voice without losing their vocal identity. During her time as head of vocals at the Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford, UK) Line worked with hundreds of developing contemporary artists. She created and produced a broad spectrum singing/vocal programme that progressed the singers from the diploma through to the degree course.

In her private practice, Line sees professional and semi-professional artists, singers and voice users, helping them to better understand and cope with the vocal and mental demands of the job, how to care for their voice and body in order to maintain the high standard health required to perform and sing at optimal levels. Line has had a great deal of success with a functional approach to vocal technique that helps singers overcome vocal issues such as poor pitch control, lack of strength, limited vocal stamina, register transition difficulties and limited range. She has delivered workshops, masterclasses and sat on industry panels in the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. 


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