Have you ever had the experience of walking into a performance and discovering that you had no control over your body? Where you played nowhere near your true abilities?
I certainly had my share of those days. The worst part was that there seemed to be no answers. “Just relax” people would say. “Enjoy yourself and remember that everyone is there to enjoy the performance too” others would offer. “Practice more” would be the standard response. But frankly, none of this did much to change anything.
And then I learned that there were a whole set of skills I’d never learned. Like the ability to manage one’s nerves, the ability to quiet that voice in your head and actually focus on what’s important, or the ability to recover immediately from mistakes instead of seeing your performance spiral out of control. A whole series of answers, solutions, and research-based tactics that made consistent high-level performances possible.
This field of inquiry was called sport psychology, and it dealt with the mental side of performing.
So if you have been frustrated with performance anxiety or sub-par performances – and don’t know how to change things – I’d like to help.
What to expect
We’ll start by assessing your mental strengths and weakneses. How’s your concentration? Your focus? Your mental toughness and resilience? Your confidence?
Then we’ll identify the skills that need the most work and design a set of drills and exercises to help you strengthen your ability in this area. As you become more confident in your ability to perform optimally on demand, we’ll test your progress in live performances.
Who do I work with?
I work with musicians who have an upcoming performance or audition that they aren’t willing to leave to chance. Clients have ranged from key members of major international orchestras to up-and-coming pre-professionals and young performers preparing for national/international competitions.
Here are a couple comments from musicians I’ve worked with…