What Does It Take to Have a Thriving Career as a Musician?
By Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.
Recently, I was asked to write a guest post on a relatively new music site. As I did some browsing through the archives to learn more about the folks behind this venture, I found some noteworthy articles that I thought would be of interest to the readers of this blog. String-heavy emphasis, but still very relevant to all the non-string players out there, and all worth Instapaper-ing, if not Evernote-ing.
I’ve never done a post like this, but thought it might be nice to tap into the collective wisdom of others out in the music world. Ready? Alrightie, let’s give it a go…
Concert artist Robert McDuffie shares his thoughts on how careers in music are changing, and the kind of musicians who will thrive in the years ahead.
And a personal example of what he means by taking responsibility for one’s career and actively creating one’s own projects and relationships (rather than working one’s butt off, and waiting to be chosen…and waiting…and waiting…).
(Incidentally, if you would like to read the entire Martens book, you can download it for free in a variety of handy formats — legally, in case you were wondering: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/15535)
And last but not least, here’s an article on deliberate practice by an astute young cellist at Northwestern (and an awfully articulate fellow too; I don’t think I understood what an “abstraction” was until grad school, and I still couldn’t use “tautology” in a sentence even if you paid me).
The one-sentence summary
None of us is as smart as all of us. ~Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman and former CEO of Google)
Performance psychologist and Juilliard alumnus & faculty member Noa Kageyama teaches musicians how to beat performance anxiety and play their best under pressure through live classes, coachings, and an online home-study course. Based in NYC, he is married to a terrific pianist, has two hilarious kids, and is a wee bit obsessed with technology and all things Apple.
After Countless Hours of Practice, Why Are Performances Still so Hit or Miss?
It’s not a talent issue. And that rush of adrenaline and emotional roller coaster you experience before performances is totally normal too.
Performing at the upper ranges of your ability under pressure is a unique skill – one that requires specific mental skills and a few tweaks in your approach to practicing. Elite athletes have been learning these techniques for decades; if nerves and self-doubt have been recurring obstacles in your performances, I’d like to help you do the same.
Click below to discover the 7 skills that are characteristic of top performers. Learn how you can develop these into strengths of your own. And begin to see tangible improvements in your playing that transfer to the stage.