Counseling Questions Stage Fright

Will counseling help my son get over his stage fright?

My son is very afraid to be on stage, which is a huge problem because he's in his school band and is unable to play with them during their concerts. Can counseling help him get over it? I feel like we've tried everything, even working with the school.

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Yes! It's the only way to be treated appropriately. Most commonly exposure therapy.
Counseling, coaching, and medications can all be helpful depending on the case. In general, the more you avoid, the stronger the fear becomes, so the goal is to help overcome the fear first in a safe environment, then in real life, as well as trying to get to the root of why this is happening.
Practice makes him perfect.
Finding a good therapist that works with kids and with stage fright, confidence, etc. Find an expert in the area you are looking for. I do believe it could be helpful if your son is willing of course. Any work, exploring and education we can do to learn and evolve from our fears is helpful and can lead us to success and self acceptance.
If you feel like you have tried everything, including working with the school and it has not worked. Talk to your son and see if he is willing or wanting to see a counselor. I believe counseling will help, but do not force him, he really needs to be present and willing.
Yes it should. Depends on the counselor

Performance anxiety is never a good experience to have. A structured Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach may be a good way of addressing his stage fright.
Yes, if he doesn't' have asthma, a beta blocker such as propranolol can go a long way. He should be assessed for hypotizability.
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Yes, counseling can help your son with his performance anxiety. 
Counseling might or might not be helpful. If your son is amenable, you might try it. However, if your son has no other mental health problems, then you might try reassuring him that this is not an uncommon problem and is probably temporary. I notice you characterize this a s "huge problem" whereas some degree of stage fright is not uncommon and is not part of a serious psychiatric disorder, presuming it's an isolated problem. I would be loving and supportive and assure him this is something that comes and goes. I would try to alleviate any pressure on him to perform, which will only exacerbate the problem.
Counseling can certainly help particularly with a counselor who can employ cognitive behavioral techniques and exposure therapy. Sometimes, using a medication of SSRI class along with counseling is more rapidly beneficial and sustainable. If the problem is more particularly severe around going on stage and presentations, then a medication named Propranolol to be taken about an hour before going to present or perform is a time tested treatment.
Hope this will be of some help to you.
Counseling could help if your son is willing to work on overcoming his fears.
Phobias happen where they interfere with being able to do what you want. In this case your son would benefit by seeing a psychologist who is experienced at dealing with phobias.