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Managing stage fright - a guide for musicians and music teachers
Julie Jaffee) Nagel
Paperback / softback
Oxford University Press
UK Publication Date

Why is it that well-prepared, talented, hardworking, and intelligent performers find their performance and self-esteem undermined by the fear of memory slips, technique failures, and public humiliation? In Managing Stage Fright: A Guide for Musicians and Music Teachers, author Julie Jaffee Nagel unravels these mysteries, taking the reader on an intensive backstage tour of the anxious performer's emotions to explain why stage fright happens and whatperformers can do to increase their comfort in the glare of the spotlight. Examining the topic from her interdisciplinary educational, theoretical, clinical, and personal perspectives, Nagel uses the music teacher/student relationship as a model for understanding the performance anxiety that affects musicians and non-musicians alike. Shedding new light on how the performer's emotional life is connected to every other facet of their life, Managing Stage Fright encourages a deeper understanding of anxiety when performing. The guide offers strategies forachieving performance confidence, emphasizing the relevance of mental health in teaching and performing. Through the practices of self-awareness outlined in the book, Nagel demonstrates that it is possible and desirable for teachers to assist students in developing the coping skills and attitudes that will allow them to not feel overwhelmed and powerless when they experience strong anxiety. Each chapter contains insights that help teachers recognize the symptoms-obvious, subtle, and puzzling-of the emotional grip of stage fright, while offering practical guidelines that empower teachers to empowertheir students. The psychological concepts offered, when added to pedagogical techniques, are invaluable in music performance and in a variety of life situations since, after all, music lessons are life lessons.

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Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D. is a graduate of The Juilliard School, The University of Michigan
and The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.
The critically acclaimed author of Melodies of the Mind, she has drawn from over twenty years of
multidisciplinary experience to shed light on performance anxiety as well as the important role of music in understanding a wide range of human emotions. She is also a regular contributor to Huffington Post and The Clavier
She is in private practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Nagel's book is an extremely helpful guide to encouraging my students to perform with confidence ... [The] volume is a very welcome addition to any personal library and will certainly help teachers and students understand the complex issue of performance anxiety. Highly recommended.

Clavier Companion

A most important book that addresses the elephant in the room for virtually all performers.

Leon Fleisher

Julie Jaffee Nagel's impressively detailed and valuable analysis of stage fright provides an indispensable guide for teachers, students, and professional musicians concerned with this all too common and often intractable problem.

Arnold Steinhardt, First Violinist of the Guarneri String Quartet

Julie Jaffee Nagel has given us a beautifully organized and sympathetically written book that successfully addresses the issue of stage fright, a topic too often neglected, to the regret of the performer ... Students, teachers, parents, and performers of all types would do well to read it.

Joseph W. Polisi, President, The Juilliard School

Utilizing her unique qualifications as a performer, pedagogue, and psychoanalyst, Nagel weaves essential psychological concepts, probing questions, insightful case studies, and practical suggestions into absorbing, easy-to-read guidebook on stage fright for musicians. This book should be required learning for everyone who teaches music lessons, or, as Nagel considers them, 'life lessons'.

Dr. Gary L. Ingle, Executive Director and CEO, Music Teachers National Association

The well-organized, easy-to-read book is packed with sensible advice, insightful tips, and well-researched strategies. Its a must-have for any music teachers library. Thats what sets this book apartits not only for performers, its also for teachers of performers! ... it is a book that encourages deeper understanding of oneself, and the encouragement to make use of multiple options that are presented that can be helpful in reducing stage fright. The leitmotif
throughout the chapters emphasizes that music lessons are life lessons.

Leila Viss

Keyword Index
Music - Performance - Psychological aspects.|Performance anxiety.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
xxix, 200

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