Susan Riley | July 2015

Be Your OWN Superhero

I have a confession to make: I have TERRIBLE stage fright.  As a musician, this is a real challenge.  Even now – after almost 30 years of performing experience – my knees knock uncontrollably whenever I start to sing.  I don’t dare play the piano in public because my hands shake the minute I know people are watching.  Want to know a secret of performers everywhere – this is actually more common than you might think.

I bring this up because many of us struggle with taking the leap with an arts integration strategy or lesson because we’re uncomfortable with the arts area.  We don’t want to appear foolish or we simply get nervous standing in front of a group of people (even our students) in an area of vulnerability.

But there IS a way to combat these nerves!  Highly-recognizable performers like Beyonce and even Olympic athletes use this one technique to help them push past their nerves and take risks that pay off BIG in their performance.  In today’s EdCloset On-Demand, I’m sharing this technique so that you, too, can take a step out of your comfort zone and try using something new in your classroom.  The payoff of deeper student learning is so worth the effort!

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About the Author

Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of The Institute for Arts Integration and STEAM. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, STEAM, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter. Email Susan