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The Mindful Musician


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Preface Acknowledgements About the Companion Website Chapter 1: The Mindful Musician Chapter 2 Habits of Successful Performers Chapter 3 Music and the Mind: Performance Anxiety and Other Challenges Chapter 4 Mindful Performance Psychology Chapter 5 The Art of Mindful Breathing and Relaxation Chapter 6 Imagery for Peak Performance Chapter 7 Mindfulness Practice and Meditation for Musicians Chapter 8 The Mindful Achiever: Practical Applications for Long-Term Success Chapter 9 The Mindful Visionary: More Practical Applications for Long-Term Success References

About the Author

Vanessa Cornett is Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Music at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul where she teaches classes in music performance, teaching, mindfulness, and the contemplative nature of art and music. She has worked with students and professional musicians around the world, and her honors include awards for her research publications and outstanding teaching. A certified meditation instructor, she frequently lectures and publishes on topics of mindfulness, performance psychology, anxiety management, and mental skills for musicians.


"While The Mindful Musician will be particularly helpful to readers who struggle with self-defeating behaviors, negative self-talk, or difficulty focusing during performance, its ideas and insights would help any musician learn to reframe his perspective to lead to more focused performance, greater resilience, more patience, and greater happiness overall." -- Lesley McAllister, Piano Magazine

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