Jul 17, 2018  
Evening Division Fall 2017 
Evening Division Fall 2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EVDIV 066 — Beyond Practicing: Mental Skills for Optimal Performance

Noa Kageyama
No matter how experienced or talented the artist, the stress and pressure of performance can wipe away months of preparation in an instant. Even though we know we can play much better, we usually don’t know what’s holding us back. The easy conclusion is that we simply have to practice more—or that there’s something wrong with us. But we don’t, and there isn’t. In this class, students develop a set of key skills taken from the sport psychology literature that have been shown to help musicians play up to their potential no matter the situation. Students learn how to manage their nerves, build confidence in their abilities, focus better, and ensure that when they walk on stage, people pay attention. We start by identifying each student’s psychological strengths and weaknesses using the Performance Skills Inventory. Then, we learn and apply established strategies and techniques such as mental rehearsal, “deep” practice, and pre-performance routines as we build up to a final performance.

10 weeks
Tuesday 6 – 7:30pm 
October 3 – December 5






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