The Requirement For Vulnerability In Musical Performances And Lessons

Refinement and learning new skills aren’t effortless and can be viewed as risky for people. As a professional musician and educator, I have realized the importance of vulnerability in the music learning and making process. This vulnerability permits the exploration of the numerous opportunities that music and its education can provide.

What is vulnerability?

It is described as “the condition or quality that is exposed…either physically or psychologically” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. It can result in positive or negative consequences. Although it may be intimidating the vulnerability, when handled positively can enhance the emotional sensitivity of musicians and increase the quality of performance an entire.

The process of becoming at risk in the realm of music is both complex and varied. It could range from being willing to step outside of your comfort zone and begin music classes and being confident enough to play the music that evokes emotion before complete strangers.

The music, in its most basic sense, is intended to create a narrative, convey emotions, and facilitate connection to a fundamental human level. These effects are diminished if there is any vulnerability on the part of the musician.

If a musician isn’t vulnerable, he usually shows less emotional connection with the piece. To transform the notes on a page to something that listeners will be able to relate to the performer must be vulnerable and sensitive and bring a personal touch to the music. So the music can be played and experienced in its true and original form.

See also  Most Admired Personality in the World

Vulnerability’s Effect on the Music Performance

It is possible that you think making the first step toward getting into something new, like taking up music lessons, is the toughest. Although it could be, the risk of being vulnerable only increases with each undertaking, such as the making of music.

The image below shows the vulnerability hierarchy and the complexity and variety it is. Training and performance in music can encompass many, if certainly not all, of these vulnerability levels.

The vulnerability of a person makes them an even better musician. It also lets musicians make music and perform it using the highest quality manner.

Vulnerability can also come in various varieties and in different levels.

Personally, I have noticed that I am more vulnerable to singing vocally than playing a tangible instrument. The fact that I am unable to physically dissociate my voice from the instrument can make me more vulnerable to doubt, fear, and negative feelings about my voice as compared to other instruments I play.

Being aware of the vulnerability and open to new opportunities, like singing or learning new techniques let me create music to the highest of my ability either instrumentally or vocally.

In a larger context of performing, the significance of vulnerability is only increasing. Instead of being present and open in a one-on-one learning environment performing, the artist (of any degree) has to be able to communicate in front of an audience of friends and/or acquaintances, which is a huge challenge.

Based on years of performance experience, being vulnerable before an audience isn’t easy and probably always will be. But, the beauty and opportunities that an open and vulnerable musician may experience surpass the effects of doubt and fear.

See also  Ways to Avoid Losing in a Casino

Vulnerability’s Impact On Music Instruction

From a teaching perspective, I try to guide and model my students to be aware of and accept their flaws. This assists in shaping them to be the most effective, assured musicians they can be.

My studio is where my students from the piano and the voice participate in a variety of awkward or silly exercises. There’s always a solution to the madness, and an approach to improve regardless of how bizarre the task may appear. I have found that students who are willing to be vulnerable and prone to difficult or uncomfortable exercises can learn the skill faster and easier than students who are cautious.

Instilling vulnerability in a safe and welcoming environment is crucial to the teaching of music—a study conducted by Papageorgi and colleagues. (2010) states that students are most successful in a learning environment that is welcoming and nurturing. This is because students can recognize the objectives of learning and the processes that will best support their learning journey.

I, as well as Vibe Music Academy, believe that as a music teacher it is my job to create a learning environment that encourages personal and musical development.

I would like to encourage you to step outside of your familiar zone and experience something new. The results could be awe-inspiring. Come join us for Vibe Music Academy if music is the next thing you try to be vulnerable!

By Chetan Kapoor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.