Music Heals

As parents, we will try all means just to make sure that our kids reach their ambitions but many have to deal with performance anxiety in children or what is popularly known as stage fright.

A child singing loudly and confidently in an empty music studio

Does your child dream of becoming a singer someday? Does he enjoy playing music or writing songs? Talking about fear of being on stage performing is very crucial especially for parents and families who have young ones experiencing such. 

In Childhood Performance Anxiety

Anxiety in children may manifest as worry or fright. However, it can also cause children to be angry or bothered. Symptoms of anxiety may include sleeping problems, as well as physical indications such as headaches, stomach pains, or fatigue. Some kids who often get anxious suppress their worries; hence, the symptoms are not noticed immediately.

Symptoms Of Performance Anxiety:

  • Nausea
  • Trembling
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweaty and cold hands
  • “Butterflies in the stomach” feeling
  • Panic
  • Loss of focus
  • Tight Chest

Once these symptoms happen to your child before a show or production, it is hard to do his best. So as a parent, you have to do and try everything to make sure these do not hinder him from pursuing or carrying out his dreams on stage. Music therapy is a method used to aid in the treatment of stage fright, and a professional and trained music therapist conducts the sessions.

Here Are The 5 S’s Music Therapy Can Provide Your Child:

A happy girl playfully running in a grass field alone developed her self esteem, independence, and sense of happiness after her parents addressed her issue with performance anxiety in children. Children should be allowed to express how they feel and open up so that they can be helped.
  • Self-Expression

Music therapy provides your child a way where he can express his concealed feelings. Anxiety can come from fears which are sometimes hard to disclose to others. Self-expression is essential in fighting stage fright. It allows your child to show his true self without having to fear decimation or negative criticism. As Hannah Goodman, LMHC explains, “Therapy doesn’t have to be talk-based; there are some modalities, like music therapy and art therapy, that can help you get those in tune with those emotions without having to cough them up verbally.”

  • Self-Acceptance

If not all, most of us go through an identity crisis. Music therapy enables our young ones to be more aware of his personality and abilities. It prevents them from being confused about what they want to do. Not everyone who undergoes music therapy will turn out to be a great musician, but it will give them an idea of how to pursue their passion.

  • Self-Esteem

Music therapy encourages our young ones to love music. They may do well in it and eventually gain confidence in themselves. Just like everyone else, there is pride that comes from doing something excellent.

  • Speech Improvement

“While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain.” Daniel J. Levitin, PhD said. Some kids may learn how to sing before they can even start to speak, and music contributes a great deal. Notice how they can quickly learn things from watching videos with music. The melody and beat help them understand the words, especially when there is a video.

  • Sense of Belonging

Music therapy gives our kids the sense of belonging which makes them comfortable in mingling and performing in front of people. They familiarize themselves with the scenario and the feeling whenever they are in front of people. There is a sense of belonging in being with the people who have a similarity to us. Abigail Saneholtz, Psy.D explains that, “Listening to music is a helpful way to cope with and process emotions. It can evoke a connection to what individuals feel at different moments in their lives.”

Performances Anxiety In Children

Music therapy is beneficial in the treatment of stage fright. It is closely related to performing which makes it easier to associate. Our sweet children can easily connect to music, and that gives a significant advantage in allowing themselves to embrace their strengths and weaknesses all the same.

A girl playing a musical instrument beautifully during a band recital in her school with her bandmates

Stage fright is something that we need our children to get over because it hinders them from becoming the best version of themselves. We all know that speaking and performing in front of a lot of people needs a great deal of strength that’s why it is essential that we understand everything that can be beneficial to our children’s anxiety.