Day 27: Confidence & Nerves

From: 30 Day Beginner Course with Camille
by Camille van Niekerk

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When it comes to performing, it’s natural to feel nervous, but with these tricks, you can get to a place where more confidence shines through. Watch this lesson for some of my tried and true tips for overriding performance jitters!
  • Sing showing nerves vs. confidence
  • Exercise: Sing Sustained YAH in front of a mirror and practice showing confidence!
  • Remember your breath
  • Trust your technique
  • Acknowledge what you’re feeling
  • Choose 1 thing to work on
  • Use confident postures
  • Smile!
  • Focus on the text & story
  • Don’t: let your face show when you’ve made a mistake
  • Exercise: Lip trill to vowel slide (pattern: 1-5-1)
  • Connect to breath on lip trill, opening up to vowel of choice 1-5-1


Day 27 - Alto - Lip Trill To Vowel
Day 27 - Bass - Lip Trill To Vowel
Day 27 - Soprano - Lip Trill To Vowel
Day 27 - Tenor - Lip Trill To Vowel


Instructor: Camille van Niekerk

Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.