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Which Mindset Do YOU Have?


I have recently read a book that has rocked my world and I want to turn you onto it as well because I think it has HUGE implications for musicians.   I am talking about Dr. Carol S. Dweck's book, Mindset.   Run— don't walk—to the nearest bookstore and purchase it or log onto Amazon and order it today! What if it wasn't our abilities or talent that bring us success, but whether we approach … [Read more...]

Are You Comfortable With Performance Anxiety?


Last time in What Is Your Greatest Fear?, we discussed the common fears that performers face.  These fears cause you to doubt your abilities and skills and feed your anxiety level as you prepare for performance.  What's more, when you get used to these anxious feelings and fearful thought and behavior patterns, you tend to settle into a place we commonly call a comfort zone.  It seems odd, … [Read more...]

Performance Anxiety and Fear of Failure


In the competitive world of music, performers often feel the need to impress friends, family, other performers, colleagues, judges, and audiences.  If you want to be a successful performer, trying hard and caring about pleasing others seems like a good idea.  However, performers who care too much about what others think often struggle with a need to be accepted, respected, or liked by others. … [Read more...]


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Peak Performance Products Browse the following Peak Performance products and see which item fits your needs: Peak Performance Imagery MP3:              $39.99 + shipping Taking control of the thoughts and images that race through your mind is paramount to performing at peak levels.  Using guided imagery can enhance your ability to gain this control and can help you take the … [Read more...]

Perfectionism and Music Performance Anxiety

Juan Diego Florez

Prior to performance do you think about the mistakes you made in your last performance or do you worry about the mistakes you might make today? Do you want to perform well so badly that you practice right up to performance day and sometimes continue to “fix” and self-coach even during the performance? After the performance, is it difficult to let go of mistakes because you keep beating … [Read more...]

About Dr. Allan


Dr. Diana Allan, soprano, has appeared in operatic and concert performances throughout the Mid- and Southwest.  She has also performed in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Brazil.  Dr. Allan has sung such leading operatic roles as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rosalinda in Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Leatitia in Gian Carlo Menotti’s The … [Read more...]