After participating in a holiday sing-along 2 years ago, Vicki discovered her love of singing and started taking lessons. Soon she joined a community choir and has performed with them at various local events. Sometimes Vicki experiences high anxiety and panic attacks, and although singing generally helps with her anxiety, she finds performing very stressful. When she became a mother she had to take a break from the choir and her singing lessons, and the additional responsibilities and new experience of being a parent have increased her anxiety. Recently a friend asked Vicki if she would sing at her wedding, which is coming up in a few weeks. Vicki really wants to support her friend and rise to the challenge, but feels overwhelmed with how to fit in practice time along with all of her other commitments. She is particularly nervous because she has never performed solo before.
Vicki wants to find ways to overcome her stage fright and to plan her singing practice. She remembered that her choirmaster had mentioned using some kind of online tool to help with planning practices as well as tracking her thoughts about each performance over time. Vicki realises that she might be able to use this same tool to help her prepare for the wedding performance and to overcome her stage fright. She contacts her choirmaster to find out more, makes a plan to talk with her again, and installs the toolkit on her desktop computer at home.
The first thing Vicki does when she opens the toolkit is note how she is feeling. She enters “anxious” into the notepad (which is often how she feels when trying anything new). In the “Other Thoughts” section she then lists everything she can think of that frightens her about public performance. She includes forgetting the lyrics, running out of breath, her teacher being in the audience, etc. One other thing that Vicki notes is that she's noticed lately that she has trouble seeing the musical score. She realises if she could increase the size of the score, it would help with her anxiety as well. She shares the list of her fears with her choirmaster who helps her to brainstorm some activities that will help to alleviate her fears. The choirmaster lets Vicki know about the GPII preferences, and helps Vicki adjust the text size setting, so that she can see her digital musical scores better.
After talking with her choirmaster, Vicki uses the toolkit to set a goal to perform at her friend’s wedding, adding related to-do’s:
To do: Pick two songs from the ones that I already know (May 29)
To do: Send email requests to friends to be a part of her practice audience and set up practice performance times (June 04?)
Vicki then adds two items to track:
- When I practice and when I miss practice, and how it relates to my mood/level of anxiety
- How much time I practice each day