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…
I've been doing fantastically well this year on the latest tour (Wizard of Oz) and will forever be thankful to you for your help and coaching. I have learned so much from our sessions together and from your ever relevant blog. It is not hyperbole when I say that you have saved my life.
Your help and guidance in applying practical and effective techniques to develop the ability to retrain my mental focus have been the most valuable set of experiences and tools I have ever received in my musical education - again no exaggeration. Not only have I benefited on the performance stage, but my life offstage has been made better as well. If you ever have a moment of doubt regarding your choices in life, reread this email and KNOW that you have helped a fellow human being in the most valuable ways one can.
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Dr. Kageyama completely turned me around. As he had predicted, I was able to turn something daunting and intimidating into something fun and enjoyable. He gave me exercises which were very specifically tailor-made to my needs. Whatâ€™s more, I believe the tools he gave me are applicable to coping with lifeâ€™s challenges in general. I am deeply grateful to him for his expert and sensitive guidance.
And a partial list of orchestras where clients and students have won jobs or advanced to the finals…
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Boston Symphony Orchestra Charlotte Symphony Chicago Symphony Chicago Lyric Opera Cincinnati Symphony Colorado Symphony Detroit Symphony Orchestra Kansas City Symphony Los Angeles Philharmonic
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Montreal Symphony Orchestra Portland Symphony Orchestra San Diego Symphony San Francisco Opera San Francisco Symphony St. Louis Symphony Toronto Symphony Utah Symphony Washington National Opera
If you have questions about how coaching works, most of them will be answered in my welcome packet. But the short of it is this: coachings are 50-minutes in length, my rate is $200, and typically we will meet via Skype.
Request an initial appointment
Click here to email me if you have questions about coaching or would like to request an appointment.
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