Notes from the Green Room: Coping with Stress and Anxiety in Musical Performance / Edition 1

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Essential Reading for Performers at Any Level"Notes from the GreenRoom is a welcome and unique addition to the literature onperformance anxiety for both musicians and clinicians. Educationaland practical, it will inspire a variety of possible therapeuticapproaches."'Alice G. Brandfonbrener, M.D., RehabilitationInstitute of Chicago"These talented and knowledgeable authors offermusicians a very clear description of the mechanisms involved inperformance anxiety and suggest concrete ideas for channeling thenegative aspects of anxiety into a positive force. Especiallyeffective are the case histories offering real life examples ofmusicians dealing with the stresses and strains of performance.This should be required reading for all musicians!"? Gail J.Berenson, professor of piano, Chair Keyboard Division, OhioUniversity School of Music"A superb job? beyond the notably obviousbeneficial implications built into this book for musicians, theauthors have compiled a thorough and comprehensive treatise whichdeals with every facet of anxiety and stress management forperformers, regardless of their discipline . . . this work shouldbe obligatory reading."- Lee Bash, chair, Department of Fine &Performing Arts, Bellarmine College and director, KentuckyGovernor's School for the Arts"Notes from the Green Room is asuperb study of musical performance anxiety. Beginning students,seasoned performers, and teachers can all benefit from thepractical help it provides. It will certainly become requiredreading for all my students."- James Kibbie, University of MichiganSchool of Music

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Editorial Reviews

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"Notes from the Green Room is a welcome and unique addition to theliterature on performance anxiety for both musicians andclinicians. Educational and practical, it will inspire a variety ofpossible therapeutic approaches." (Alice G. Brandfonbrener, M.D.,Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)

"Drs. Salmon and Meyer are expert psychologists who haveexplored the roots of performance anxiety (and suggest measures forits alleviation) in a way extremely helpful to both students andaccomplished performers who 'nervousness' prevents them from fullrealizing their potential on stage or even on less formaloccasions." (Robert Parris, professor of music, George WashingtonUniversity)

"These talented and knowledgeable authors offer musicians a veryclear description of the mechanisms involved in performance anxietyand suggest concrete ideas for channeling the negative aspects ofanxiety into a positive force. Especially effective are the casehistories offering real life examples of musicians dealing with thestresses and strains of performance. This should be requiredreading for all musicians!" (Gail J. Berenson, professor of piano,chair keyboard division, Ohio University School of Music)

"A superb job? beyond the notably obvious beneficialimplications built into this book for musicians, the authors havecompiled a thorough and comprehensive treatise which deals withevery facet of anxiety and stress management for performers,regardless of their discipline . . . this work should be obligatoryreading." (Lee Bash, chair, Department of Fine & PerformingArts, Bellarmine College and director, Kentucky Governor's Schoolfor the Arts)

"Notes from the Green Room is a superb study of musicalperformance anxiety. Beginning students, seasoned performers, andteachers can all benefit from the practical help it provides. Itwill certainly become required reading for all my students." (JamesKibbie, University of Michigan School of Music)

"Performers, as well as the growing group of professionalstreating performance anxiety, should have this important book ontheir reference shelves." (Alan Grishman, performance anxietyconsultant, musician)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787943783
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/14/1998
  • Series: Health and Psychology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL G. SALMON is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Louisville, director of clinical research at the Genesis Center, and a professional musician. ROBERT G. MEYER is a professor of psychology at the University of Louisville.

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Table of Contents

1. The Performer.

2. The Psychology of Coping with Performance Stress.

3. The Whole Performer.

4. Stress and Performing.

5. The Nature of Anxiety.

6. Getting Help for Stress and Anxiety.

7. The Cognitive Side of Performing.

8. Basic Stress Management Skills.

9. Anxiety and Stress in Perspective.

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