If the thought of getting started with something like music lessons makes you nervous, you’re not alone. So many people experience anxiety at the thought of stepping foot into a classroom or studio.
Are some of these fears familiar?
- The unknown
- Messing up or doing something wrong
- Being judged
- Failing or not being perfect
- Not being good enough
If you experience these or other fears and it’s holding you back from pursuing music further, here are some ways to get over the intimidation factor:
1. The unknown: Stop by and take a tour.
A lot of anxiety around getting started with something new comes from the unknown. When you don’t know what to expect, your imagination is free to run wild. As a result, you might find yourself picturing worst-case scenarios.
To get an idea of what to expect, stop by the school or studio. Meet the instructors and staff and tour the facility. You’ll be able to get your bearings and get a sense of the community.
2. Messing up or judgment: Focus on yourself.
Most of the fear and pressure around your musical performance comes from within. The little voice inside your head starts comparing what you can do or what you sound like to anyone else in the room.
The best thing you can do for yourself is to silence that critical inner voice. Concentrate on yourself and the supportive environment around you. Focus on your own goals and personal improvement.
3. Failing or falling short: Focus on improvement.
If it’s been a while since you’ve done anything new, you might’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner – not to be the “best” person in the room. If you fear making a mistake or failing in some way, shift your mindset.
When you start something new, there is a lot to learn. And with the right approach, that learning process can be enjoyable and yield positive results. Rather than telling yourself you must execute every skill flawlessly, reframe your thoughts and focus on improvement.
If you’re interested in facing the music and trying something new, Fox Music can help. We have professional music teachers who are well-trained, experienced instructors and role models. Contact us at either our Chesapeake or Virginia Beach locations to learn more about what we have to offer.