There are four key PREP steps to develop your singing & performance ability that you can use to prepare & to feel confident before you sing.
I like to use this acronym PREP as a template for every performance preparation.

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These are the PREP steps:

PREP Steps

P = Perspective – Attitude/Mindset

R = Relax/Release tension – Singer’s Stretches /Meditate/Mindfulness/Breath Focus

E = Exercise/Execute/Engage – In practice or performance

P = Perform/Practice/Play

You can do these P.R.E.P steps every day, in the weeks leading to a gig & right before you get on stage.

Ideally preparing for a gig will be a daily habit so that you are always gig fit & ready for any opportunity that comes your way.

Using the PREP steps acronym, let’s take a deep dive into these three areas – daily as a maintenance technique, as part of your preparation in the weeks before a gig & on the day of your performance.

Daily PREP steps:

You always want to be gig-ready or as I call it, gig fit.

This is an all year round practice however, you can have a pre-performance runway at least 30 days prior to a heavier performing workload like touring or a run of shows where you get super focussed on daily actions to strengthen. 

The three things I do every day are Sirens, Singers Stretches & Speaking Voice Mindfulness.

If you only have 5 mins – do this!


P = Perspective – I am doing this to keep a solid foundation for my voice. I habit stack my vocal care activities so they are automatic.

R = Relax/Release tension – How – Sirens  / Singers Stretches/ Meditate I aim to meditate & stretch every morning as soon as I ave woken. Sometimes life gets in the way & I can’t get it done first thing. I try to do it later in the day to re-centre & refocus myself. You can do these elements as many times a day as you need!

E = Engage – How – Sirens / Speaking Voice Mindfulness – I am aware of how I am using my voice & am mindful to take vocal rest, not scream or laugh too loudly as well as to use my speaking technique.

P = Practice – Back to the Speaking Voice Mindfulness! This is the BEST hack that I have learnt. Using your speaking voice to extending your singing voice ability.

Weeks leading into performance PREP steps (30-90 days)

Along with my daily habits, I focus on creating a clear practice plan specifically to extend my vocal stamina, agility & ability specific to the songs I am performing.


Use a Practice Plan that includes a Song Study Method

The further you want to take your career as a singer, the harder you need to work & the more you need to practice.

You can pre-schedule & track your practices to help stay motivated. I use my vocal journal but you can use Google docs/sheets, an app or pen & paper. 

Draw up the days of the week & schedule in & create space to jot down when, where & what you practiced. How long did you practice & how did your voice feel before & after the practice.

I ask my students to do this & send it through to me (along with videos of their practice focus points) for extra motivation & accountability.)

P = Perspective – know what you need to focus on in your practice session

R = Relax/Release tension – Sirens  / Singers Stretches / Meditate – these are consistent features of my PREP steps.

E = Exercise – Vocal warm-up, vocal workout & technique focus ie; breath management, phrasing, lyrics/diction, vocal quality, pitch

P = Practice/Play – to be great in your performances, you need to practice & have fun. To remind yourself of the awesomeness of singing whilst you are practicing, pick a song you love singing that isn’t necessarily part of your upcoming performance & sing it just for fun & cos it makes you feel good.

Day of performance PREP steps

P = Perspective – To combat any performance anxiety, think more about the audience than about yourself. Focus on the energy that you are about to give them. Know that 99.9% of audience members are rooting for you to succeed! Any thoughts of failure or messing up make the performance about YOU & not your audience.

R = Relax/Release tension – Singers’ Stretches/Meditate/Mindfulness/Breath Focus – yet again the singers stretches & meditation turn up! These you can do an hour or so before it’s showtime. Take a few minutes before you go on stage to centre yourself with a few deep breaths & a rag doll if you can!

E = Execute/Engage – Smash that performance out of the park by being completely present & focussed in what you are doing. Don’t worry about the audience or visualising mistakes as they will actualise! Trust that you are ready to go & focus on sharing your music!

P = Perform – JUST DO IT! Get out there & show them what you got! Enjoy yourself & all the preparation that you did to get you to that moment.

Performance PREP questions

Are you ready for your next performance?

If no, have you got a plan in place to get ready?

Do you make time to practice?

If not, why not?

You NEED to be performing, you NEED to practice & have fun while doing bot.

It’s easier to have fun when you feel prepared.

Do you have PREP steps of your own already? Share them with me below, please.


Leave a comment or ask me a question!

    2 replies to "PREP Steps To Develop Your Singing & Performance Ability"

    • Robert

      Im at a singing platue

      • Cherie

        Hi Robert, Can you share a little with me about your practice plan, your daily vocal care habits and performance opportunities? I’d love to help you with some tips. Let me know 🙂

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