Making Music Mindfully

Many musicians struggle to perform with freedom and confidence.

I help them ease their minds, open their hearts, and remember why they love to play.

Use mindfulness practices to calm your mind and body

Appreciate your gifts so you can share them with the world

Conquer fear to play with confidence and joy

Does any of this sound familiar?

You're frustrated.

Focusing so much on playing correctly is blocking your expressive joy. It’s too hard to let go of all those notes and rhythms and just play.

You can't relax.

Physical or mental roadblocks always seem to get in your way. No matter how hard you try, it never feels good enough.

You’ve lost the joy.

Making music used to be fun, but now it feels like work. You want to feel comfortable and confident when you play, but you never quite get there. 

You're still afraid.

You’ve tried everything to get rid of your performance anxiety, but nothing’s worked. Fear still prevents you from feeling free onstage. 

You are not alone!

Most of us have experienced physical tension, mental roadblocks, or both. Our frustrations rob us of the expressive joy music offers. We get so caught up in the pursuit of perfection that we forget what brought us here in the first place — our deep love of music.

These challenges don’t have to rule our playing, and I can help you overcome them.

Music demands mind, body, and soul. Let’s talk about how we can bring the best of all three to your playing.

Hi, I’m Laura!

I’m a pianist, teacher, and certified meditation instructor.

I spent 18 years as a college professor before I found my true calling: helping others make music mindfully. 

I help musicians ease their minds, open their hearts, and move beyond fear so that making music becomes a joyful expression of their soul that nourishes them and the world.

Before I worked with Laura,  I had considered myself someone who played piano, but never thought of myself as a “pianist.” Her focus on healthy playing, performance anxiety, and mental and physical health, in general, has helped me develop my technique, gain confidence, and sustain a career that involves long periods of playing, and still be healthy!

Nancy O'Connor

Associate Music Director, Evita, Shakespeare Theatre Company

My playing is much more comfortable, and the mindfulness practices we did totally shifted my thinking about music-making. I no longer worry about technical passages in the piece but instead how I will translate my love of music to the listener. I love these breakthroughs that we have in my lessons!

Xander Dawson

Woodwind Doubler and Company Manager for Explora Journeys

How It Works

Book a Workshop

I offer several workshops on mindful practicing and performance. Head to my Workshops page to see what’s a fit for your teachers’ organization, pedagogy class, or private studio!

Come to the Free Monthly Mindful Musician Clinic

Mindfulness gives us the tools to navigate a musical life. Practice meditation with other musicians once a month in a relaxed and supportive environment.  Register here.

Schedule a Lesson

Interested in private piano lessons? I teach adult students to calm their minds, relax their bodies, and find joy at the piano. Check out my Lessons page for more detail. Not sure it’s a fit for you? Let’s talk!