Posts tagged “performance psychology”

November 7, 2018

Using sticky notes to focus my performance thinking

I might put in weeks or months preparing for a high-pressure performance. But all of that can fall apart pretty quickly if my head isn't in the right place.

September 1, 2013

Student auditions

I hear auditions on a pretty frequent basis: my college students audition for placement in university ensembles, prospective students audition for admissions and scholarships, high school musicians audition for the honor band the university hosts. It is pretty routine for me, but clearly sometimes extremely stressful for them. I thought it might be helpful to ...

May 8, 2013

The magical properties of air

Good breath support, besides helping tone production in obvious ways, can have a surprising (and positive) impact on other aspects of woodwind playing.

April 18, 2012

Recital preparation

A few of my students have had recitals or other solo performances recently. Besides musical preparation, this is the advice I give: Visualize. If possible, spend time in the performance space before performance day. If not, imagine up a good representation of what the space is likely to look and “feel” like. Mentally walk through the ...

January 18, 2010

Doubling-specific skills vs. instrument-specific skills

I don’t think a woodwind player really learns the skill of “doubling” so much as he or she learns the skill of flute playing, plus the skill of saxophone playing, and so forth. 99% of being a good doubler is being a good flutist and a good saxophonist and whatever. There are only a few ...
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