Part II of The Musician’s Way shows how musicians can overcome stage fright and become artistic performers. The following resources, links, and tips complement those chapters.
Overcome Performance Anxiety, Conquer Stage Fright
Conquering Performance Anxiety from Inside Out, by Helen Spielman.
A concise article with crucial strategies and tips (2009).
“Coping with Music Performance Anxiety,” from UW, Eau Claire (2001).
BulletproofMusician.com. Articles to help musicians conquer stage fright and perform successfully, by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.
"Taking Stock Before Taking the Stage." Insights from Bob Woody, Ph.D. (2012).
Performance Success, by Don Greene, Ph.D. (Theater Arts, 2001).
The Performance Anxiety Workbook, by Eric Maisel, Ph.D. (Back Stage, 2005).
“Negative Emotions in Music Making: The Problem of Performance Anxiety,” by A. Steptoe, in Music and Emotion, ed. Juslin & Sloboda, 291-307 (Oxford, 2001).
“The Fear of Performance,” by Elizabeth Valentine, in Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding, ed. John Rink (Cambridge, 2002).
"Music performance anxiety: New insights from young musicians," by Dianna Kenny and Margaret Osborne, Advances in Cognitive Psychology (2/2-3), 2006.
Stage Deportment and Presence
See p. 171-179 of The Musician's Way.
How to Improve Stage Presence. Articles by Gerald Klickstein.
A Musical illusion. Proof that a performer's on-stage gestures alter listeners' perceptions. By Michael Schutz, Ph.D.
The Look of Music. Does stage presence affect competition outcomes?
"Visual Cues Impact Judgment of Piano Performances," Miller-McCune, Aug. 29, 2011. How musicians' body language and gender can affect listeners.
AirTurn.com. Digitize scores and then turn pages with a foot pedal. Terrific!
Agile versus awkward stage deportment (video for classical musicians).
"Classical Gasp: Yuja Wang's Dress at the Bowl Causes a Crescendo," by Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 20, 2011. Evolving customs in concert attire.
“Communicating with the Body in Performance,” by Jane Davidson, in Musical Performance, ed. John Rink, (Cambridge, 2002). Stage deportment, stage presence, and more. Preview and purchase from Amazon.com.
Audition and Competition Strategies & Info for Musicians
See p. 217-222 of The Musician's Way.
World Federation of International Music Competitions. Index of 120+ contests.
Bridge: Worldwide Music Connection. A global database of competitions, jobs, and other opportunities for musicians. Free trial then $55 annually.
Symphony Auditions – Preparation and Execution, by trombonist Douglas Yeo.
What the Fach?! A Guide for Opera Singers Auditioning & Working in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (2nd Edition, 2010), by Philip Shepard.
Beta-Blockers and Musicians
"Musicians and Beta-Blockers." Are beta-blockers safe, effective, and appropriate? Via The Musician's Way Blog.
"Beta Blockers Help Some Musicians Fight Stage Fright," by Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 24, 2013.
"Is Popping Pills the Sure Way to Beat Performance Nerves?" Catherine Nelson speaks with various experts, The Strad, August, 2010.
Athlete at Beijing Olympics stripped of medals for using beta-blockers. Discover magazine, August, 2008.
In Defense of the Beta-Blocker. Bioethicist Carl Elliott chimes in on the 2008 Olympic controversy. The Atlantic, August, 2008.
"Beta-blockers used by musicians, athletes, students to enhance performance."
By Vabren Watts, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 16, 2010.
“Beta Blockers and Performance Anxiety in Musicians – Frequently Asked Questions.” A classic article by Harby, Kucharski, Tuck, and Vasquez (1997).