The Musician's Way A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-03
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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In The Musician's Way, veteran performer and educator Gerald Klickstein combines the latest research with his 30 years of professional experience to provide aspiring musicians with a roadmap to artistic excellence. Part I, Artful Practice, describes strategies to interpret and memorize compositions, fuel motivation, collaborate, and more. Part II, Fearless Performance, lifts the lid on the hidden causes of nervousness and shows how musicians can become confident performers. Part III, Lifelong Creativity, surveys tactics to prevent music-related injuries and equips musicians to tap their own innate creativity. Written in a conversational style, The Musician's Way presents an inclusive system for all instrumentalists and vocalists to advance their musical abilities and succeed as performing artists.

Author Biography

Gerald Klickstein is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a renowned classical guitarist. He performs and teaches throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Table of Contents

Artful Practice
Getting Organized
Artful Practice
Defining Practice
Creating a Practice Environment
The Five Practice Zones
Planning Your Practice
Scheduling Practice Sessions
Choosing New Material
Practicing Deeply, I
Practicing Deeply
Habits of Excellence
Essentials of Artistic Interpretation
Mental Imaging
Warming Up
Practicing Deeply, II
The Craftsmanship of Practice
Starting New Material
Managing Repetition
Solving Problems
Practicing Deeply, III
Ripening Your Repertoire
Taking Breaks
Memorization Concepts
Memorization Strategies
Practicing Deeply, IV
Building Technique
Upgrading Musicianship
Fueling Motivation
Committing to the Creative Process
Musical Collaboration
Musical Collaboration
Interacting in Rehearsal
Correlating Solitary and Group Practice
Igniting Synergy
Forming a Musical Group
Fearless Performance
Unmasking Performance Anxiety
Fearless Performance
Unmasking Performance Anxiety
The Basic Anxiety Equation
Anxiety's Effects
The Roots of Performance Anxiety
Portraits of Anxious Performers
Crafting Confidence
Becoming a Performing Artist, I
Becoming a Performing Artist
The Heart of Performance
The Five Facets of Preparation
Preperformance Routines
Backstage Techniques
Becoming a Performing Artist, II
Stage Deportment
Shaping Your Stage Presence
Starting and Ending
Harnessing On-Stage Energy
Connecting with an Audience
Becoming a Performing Artist, III
Dealing with Errors
Postperformance Routines
Practicing Performance
Evaluating Your Progress
Performing like a Pro
Performing like a Pro
The Peak-Performance Myth
Designing Concert Programs
Three Model Programs
Creating a Preparation Timeline
Auditions and Competitions
The Recording Studio
Lifelong Creativity
Injury Prevention, I
Lifelong Creativity
Musicians and Injuries
Causes of Injury
Warning Signs and Responses
Injury-Prevention Basics
Recovering from Injury
Injury Prevention, II
Balanced Sitting and Standing
Meeting Your Instrument
Voice Care
Hearing Conservation
Succeeding as a Student
Succeeding as a Student
Student-Teacher Dynamics
Appreciating Criticism
Embracing Career Challenges
Counteracting Substance Abuse
Boosting Creativity
Selected Bibliography
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