Most piano teachers encourage their students to perform as regularly as possible, but how many of us give our students strategies for coping with performance anxiety? In this replay episode with Dr Noa Kageyama aka the Bulletproof Musician, find out why teaching performing skills should be a part of your piano teaching. We’ve all seen students who were perfectly prepared for a recital or exam who simply crumble on the performance day. It wasn’t a lack of ability or drive, but simply because performance anxiety got to them. Get some tips and advise on how you can help your students to focus during their performance and how to practice to be able to perform at their best.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Why teaching performing skills should be a part of your piano teaching.
- Visualisation exercises you can do even with your youngest students.
- How to turn off self-criticism when performing.
- How you can help your students to focus during their performance.
- What diaphragmatic breathing is and why you should be teaching it.
- How to practice the lead up to a performance.
Noa Kageyama is a performance psychologist and Julliard faculty member and is the performance psychology coach for the New World Symphony. Kageyama has degrees from Oberlin (BA, psychology), Juilliard (MM, violin performance) and Indiana University (MS/PhD, psychology). Kageyama specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sports psychology principles to more consistently demonstrate their full abilities under pressure.
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