Robert Estrin - piano expert

Tips for Improving Stage Presence - Take Your Time

If you play in front of an audience, this video is for you.

In this first video of a 5-part series, Robert tells you how to relate to the audience for an astonishing and fascinating performance.

Released on July 16, 2014

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Video Transcription

Hi, and welcome and I'm Robert Estrin and today's subject is 5 tips to improve your stage presence. This is a 5 part series. Before I get into it, I just want to tell you what prompted this series. Years ago, when I was in high school, there was a Modern Music Masters program of the talented musicians in our school. This one young woman, Judy, came up and sang, and we were all extremely taken over with her performance.

A few days later I had the opportunity to listen to the recording of that concert and I was really surprised in that I thought she sang pretty well, but it wasn't overwhelming like it was at the concert. I wondered 'Why could this be?' I figured out it was the way she connected with the audience and the magnetism of her stage presence that really made her stand out and made us pay attention to her. I'm going to try to give you some tips.

Number 5 is: don't feel hurried. That's right. I know all the eyes are on you, but that doesn't mean they're only look at you, because they've got people they come with that they're talking to. So when they're clapping and you're walking out, you might feel a sense of urgency to get to your instrument and start playing as soon as possible. But, your time is going at a different scale than the time of the audience, and the last thing in the world you want to do is hurry them. In fact, if you take a little bit of time before you start, it gives them an opportunity to settle in their seats, get quiet, and more than that, it creates a drama. That's right. Because the anticipation is really palpable.

So, that's today's tip. Take your time. You can look forward to the rest of the tips on future videos here coming to you. Thank you so much for joining me. Robert Estin here at and
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Chaim on July 16, 2014 @2:58 pm PST
I am a religious follower of your vids. I gotta tell you that I look forward to them every week. I play the violin and a lot of your stuff applies. Even the way you present is entertaining. THANK YOU
Robert Estrin - host, on July 16, 2014 @7:53 pm PST
Much appreciated!
Don * VSM MEMBER * on July 16, 2014 @5:52 am PST
I am an amatuer musician who enjoys your tips on music. I am not good enought to play in public, but this one on stage presentation will be forever useful because I often speak to audiences.
Rita on July 16, 2014 @5:10 am PST
Just love your videos. When is your piano composition that you play each time going to be published. I would love to learn it.
Robert Estrin - host, on July 16, 2014 @7:54 pm PST
You have given me something to think about. I really appreciate your interest.
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