Over Praising May Do More Harm than Good to Low Self-Esteems

OVER PRAISING MAY DO MORE harm than good: “A set of three studies found two correlated phenomenon. For starters, they found that parents were more likely to offer excessive or inflated praise to children that were identified to have low self-esteem. A related study found that, after receiving the inflated praise, children with low self-esteem were less likely to step up to new challenges.”  This is important for conductors to keep in mind.  We get into the habit of saying “good job” after singing each passage, even when their performance is not really up to their standards or potential.  Instead, we should get into the habit of providing accurate feedback.  Singers don’t like constant negativity, but do appreciate it when you say “Hey, let’s try that again; I think you can do better.”

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