Mindfulness Mentoring

Private Sessions for Musicians to Learn Mindfulness Skills

 

Does any of this happen to you onstage?

You can't let go.

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

You tense up.

Physical or mental roadblocks always seem to get in your way. It never feels good enough, and the self-criticism is endless.

You don't have fun.

Making music used to bring you joy, but now it feels like work. You wish you could feel like yourself onstage, but now you just survive.

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!

If you’re like me, you feel called to be a musician and share your art with others.

But it’s not always easy, right?

Discipline and relaxation. Fear and confidence. Focus and joy. How do we balance it all?

Mindfulness can help.

The first time I performed after taking up meditation, it was an entirely new experience. I wish I could tell you that I was less nervous. I wasn’t.

But I was more present. I wasn’t fixated on mistakes I had made or focused on getting to the end. I was hearing and feeling every note I was playing. My senses were more vivid than ever, and my focus was razor-sharp.

The best part?

These feelings were stronger than the fear.

Let me share with you how I got there.

“Mindfulness Mentoring”

Private Sessions for Musicians via Zoom

In these sessions, we’ll practice:

Calming the mind and body so you can focus and relax onstage

Replacing perfectionism with joy, self-compassion, and courage

Befriending fear and embracing the confidence you already have

So you can:

Nail an audition, jury, or degree recital

Express yourself joyfully onstage and feel great afterward

Be the artist you know you already are

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in sessions?

Sessions are 60 minutes and take place via Zoom.

We will begin with discussion: I will ask open-ended questions about your musical life and hold space with compassion and curiosity for you to share your experience.

I will then offer options of mindfulness practices that fit your particular experience. If you are unsure which is right for you, I have a program of practices that we can follow. We will try a practice together and discuss what it was like for you.

My goal is to find practices that work for you so that you can befriend fear and express yourself freely onstage. You are welcome to book regular sessions, or a single session to prepare for an upcoming performance.

These practices have been transformative for me as a musician and performer, and my hope is that they will help you flourish as the artist you already are.

 

What are your qualifications?

I am a MNDFL and Open Heart Project Certified Meditation Instructor.

I hold a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and have over 20 years teaching experience one-on-one and in groups, including 18 years as a college professor.

On the collegiate level, I taught several courses in mindfulness meditation, including “Contemplation,” “The Science and Practice of Mindfulness,” and various introductory courses.

My professional research centers on mindfulness and performance anxiety. I have presented workshops around the U.S. and internationally. I am currently Chair of the Wellness Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.

How much do sessions cost and how do I sign up?

One-hour sessions are $80. To schedule a session, click the “Schedule a Session” button above to purchase and schedule your 60-minute Mindfulness Mentoring session.

If you are wondering if this is a fit for you, click the “Let’s Talk” button to schedule a free, 30-minute information session.

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to reach out to me via the Contact page.