“Jilla Webb is a dynamic personality that captures the attention and imagination of all in her workshop sessions. Our students in the Music Industry Program at Troy University are still talking about her presentation. It was truly a career-changing experience for them.”

I’d love to come speak to your High School Music Classes!

As a Professor at Auburn University, music education is Jilla’s passion.  She mentors and talks with her students candidly and boldly about music and her life and career in the music industry over the last 40 years.  Let Jilla give your students an insiders look at what’s possible and the different career paths that are available in the music industry today!

With this four-hour immersion, students will learn proven breathing, vocal, conversational pop singing techniques, and stage presence methods that they can put into action immediately!  With a performance at the end of the class, students will have the opportunity to use all the skills and techniques they have just learned.  Students will see immediate changes and take with them the techniques that they will use throughout their performance career.

Spend a full day learning proven breathing, vocal, conversational pop singing techniques, and stage presence methods that students will put into action immediately!  With a performance at the end of the day, students will have the opportunity to use all the skills and techniques they have just learned.  Students will walk away with immediate changes and techniques that they will use throughout their performance career.

There is NO perfect!!

There is no being “perfect” or giving a “perfect” (and repeatable) performance.  And thank God!! That would be SOOOOOOOOO BORING!!!  As a voice teacher, I’m not suggesting you don’t strive to be the best version of who you are. Still, I do want you to throw out this notion of “perfect” because too many times, it comes at the price of you believing you’re not good enough just as you are right NOW!

And get ready… I’m going to use a lot of “air quotes” in this blog…

We live in a culture where people are expected to fit in.  You’re expected to wear the right clothes, be the right size, sing like whoever the major pop star of the moment is, but will that create a lasting career or lasting fans?

If you’re switching who you are to fit the winds of change, how do you build fans who know who you are and will follow you throughout your entire career?

I was listening to a Brené Brown audio book and she defined authenticity as … “ The daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

I think what this is really getting at is understanding and becoming comfortable with our imperfections.  I know it’s difficult for young artists to forget about being “perfect.” A totally unrealistic concept by-the-way. Even more difficult is to imagine that sometimes is that it’s an imperfection that really showcases your vulnerability as an artist.  It is precisely this vulnerability that authentically connects you with real humans.  This can create a real connection on a level you would never achieve if you are “trying” to be something you’re not.

Another essential concept is that you won’t give an authentic performance if you don’t think you’re enough just as you are. Here’s where a lot of you think.. “well, I’ll sing the song when it’s “perfect,” and I can do it that way every single time.” If I can’t do that … I’m not good enough to perform.   This is a trap.  You feel like you have to “do” something extra or pretend to be something you’re not. You feel like being you won’t be interesting or exciting enough.  When you’re in this state, you’ll never give an authentic performance that can really reach out and touch another human.  This is when you are the imposter.

You are different every day, and your performances, practices, and recordings will be different every day.  Understand that if you can embrace and love who you are at that moment, that’s when you’ll let the magic, authentic self out, and THAT is where your best (not perfect) performance will come from!

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Jilla Webb is a professor of commercial music at the University of Auburn and the creator of the JW Pop Academy.  Jilla leverages over 30 years of experience in the music industry and she’s changing the way the academic world integrates with commercial music as a career.

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