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Have you ever dreaded an upcoming school assessment?

Well, imagine having to take that assessment in front of a room full of strangers.

For Southern Institute of Technology bachelor of music student Deb Wattes, being stared at by members of the public during a school assessment is common place.

It was something that went hand in hand with learning music, she said.

Now in her third year, the singer said stage fright was almost a thing of the past.

"In my first year, I remember performing and being assessed in public was nerve-racking, but to be honest, I don't even notice anymore."

Wattes and 10 other fellow students have been touring around Southland this week in the musical act The Italics.

It was a busy week with the band being assessed while on the tour, which took them from Fiordland to Alexandra, Queenstown and Invercargill.

"It's great because it doubles as industry experience."

The most valuable element of her degree was community involvement and being able to engage with the public, she said.

"We need people to come along as part of our study."

You can catch the The Italics at the Vinyl Bar on Friday night from 9.30pm.

As well as The Italics tour this week the public was invited to support music students at a Jazz Night at Louies bar on the last Friday of every month or at a daytime concert at SIT Centrestage once a fortnight.

- Stuff

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