This is vital to good performance and confidence! Learn the words – all of them. Learn the melody, but make sure you learn it correctly, not just how you think you remember it.
Learn the roadmap of the song – where the repeats are, which parts you sing and which parts you don’t. If the song is new to you, say the words out loud to yourself over and over. Hum the tune until it’s stuck in your head.
Once you know the song, you should no longer need your words in front of you. That means you can watch your director, and just as importantly, make eye contact with your audience!
Learning goes hand in hand with practice – so check out the next tip, Practise your music!