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

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Methods for overcoming pre-performance jitters

Notes from the Green Room explains the causes of musical performance anxiety and suggests methods for dealing with it effectively. The authors show how proper preparation-as well as techniques such as learning experiments, relaxation training, tension management, and graded exposure to groups of various sizes-can relieve the compulsion that often accompanies an individual's performance. An essential resource for musicians at any level.

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Editorial Reviews

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

"Drs. Salmon and Meyer are expert psychologists who have explored the roots of performance anxiety (and suggest measures for its alleviation) in a way extremely helpful to both students and accomplished performers who 'nervousness' prevents them from full realizing their potential on stage or even on less formal occasions." (Robert Parris, professor of music, George Washington University)

"These talented and knowledgeable authors offer musicians a very clear description of the mechanisms involved in performance anxiety and suggest concrete ideas for channeling the negative aspects of anxiety into a positive force. Especially effective are the case histories offering real life examples of musicians 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, Ohio University School of Music)

"A superb job? beyond the notably obvious beneficial implications built into this book for musicians, the authors have compiled a thorough and comprehensive treatise which deals with every facet of anxiety and stress management for performers, regardless of their discipline . . . this work should be obligatory reading." (Lee Bash, chair, Department of Fine & Performing Arts, Bellarmine College and director, Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts)

"Notes from the Green Room is a superb study of musical performance anxiety. Beginning students, seasoned performers, and teachers can all benefit from the practical help it provides. It will certainly become required reading for all my students." (James Kibbie, University of Michigan School of Music)

"Performers, as well as the growing group of professionals treating performance anxiety, should have this important book on their reference shelves." (Alan Grishman, performance anxiety consultant, 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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