Mental Rehearsal Can Work For You, Pt. 2

visualization

Mental rehearsal, or vividly visualizing yourself practicing or performing difficult passages, preparing yourself to be confident, or reviewing a memorized section or a past performance are all effective supplements to the physical practice you or your students engage in prior to performance.   Some may also call this type of practice imagery.  Whatever you call it, vividly seeing, hearing, and … [Read more...]

Practicing for Peak Performance

Music Department Practice Rooms 2

In How to Face Your Fear and Perform! we talked about getting in touch with the reasons why you perform, the importance of preparing well and learning to trust your preparation, and the importance of learning the other mental skills it takes to perform without fear. I don't know about you, but I find that when the word "practice" is brought up many people have adverse reactions.  These … [Read more...]

Confident Musicians Don’t Hope

Natalie Dessay

Confidence—strong belief in our abilities—is something that performing musicians either have or crave.   Confidence is a key mental skill in the performer’s arsenal.   Performers need confidence to combat music performance anxiety and achieve peak performances.  Confidence can come from a variety of sources including past practices or rehearsals and immediate past performances, but … [Read more...]