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STRESS MANAGMENT:
SELECTED SLIDES

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Dr. Karen Wicklund
The following are selected slides from the NATS Winter Workshop and Massey University, New Zealand Presentations on Stress:

STRESSORS FOR MUSICIANS:

• FEAR OF:
INADEQUACY
CRITICISM (LOCUS OF CONTROL ISSUES)
THE UNKNOWN

• COMPETITION

• INNER AND OUTER DISTRACTIONS

• LACK OF PREPARATION

• MEMORY SLIPS


MANAGING MUSICIAN'S STRESS
COGNITIVE SKILLS:


• USE ANXIETY AS A KEY TO PRACTICE

• PLAY WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF YOUR
TECHNICAL SKILLS

• MOST PERFORMERS EXPERIENCE ANXIETY

• MAINTAIN NORMAL ROUTINE WHEN
PREPARING FOR A PERFORMANCE

• "WHAT AM I REALLY AFRAID OF" (WORST
CASE SCENARIOS) A SOPRANO ON HER HEAD


MANAGING MUSICIAN'S STRESSORS
BEHAVIORAL SKILLS:


PROBLEMS & POTENTIAL EXPERIMENTS:

TROUBLE LEARNING:

PERFORM COMPETING TASKS (PEDAL WHILE MOVING A PENCIL)

LEARN A NEW PIECE FROM END TO BEGINNING

TRANSPOSE CHALLENGING PASSAGES

LACK OF SENSORY AWARENESS:

PRACTICE IN THE DARK

VISUALIZE HAND MOVEMENTS/FINGERINGS
OR MOUTH THE WORDS IN DETAIL

PRACTICE SILENTLY (NO STOPS ON ORGAN)

MAKE A SLOW-MOTION ANALYSIS OF MOVEMENTS


ERRATIC MEMORY:

IMAGINE PLAYING THROUGH ENTIRE PIECE

PRACTICE WITH MEMORY- ENHANCING SOUND CUES

TRANSCRIBE CHALLENGING PASSAGES INTO A NOTEBOOK OR LOG

DISCOMFORT WITH PERFORMANCE SITUATIONS:

"COLD" RUN-THROUGH WITH MINIMAL WARM-UP

PLAY IMMEDIATELY AFTER PHYSICAL EXERCISE

PRACTICE WHILE PLAYING A CASSETTE TAPE OF
AUDIENCE NOISES OR OTHER BACKGROUND EFFECTS

MAKE VIDEO OR AUDIO CASSETTE RECORDINGS OF PRACTICE/PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCES

• IS IT THE END OF THE WORLD?

• PERFORMING IS AN OPPORTUNITY, NOT A DEATH
SENTENCE (GIVE THEM COOKIES!)

• IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE MUSIC

• DON'T TRY TOO HARD; JUST LET IT GO
AND ACCEPT WHATEVER HAPPENS



COMMON IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS AND BELIEFS:

- Everyone I know must love and approve of me.

- I should be thoroughly competent, adequate and achieving in everything I attempt.

- I should never feel bad. My life should go smoothly at all times.

- People should always be concerned for my welfare and should look out for me.

- If things do not go or stay the way I very much want them to, it would be catastrophic or terrible.

- Things should remain the same. Change should occur only when I'm ready for it.

-Unhappiness is externally caused, and I cannot control it unless I control other people.

- One should remain strong or courageous if faced with a dangerous or frightening reality.

- It is easier to avoid responsibility and difficulties than to face them.

- There is invariably one right, precise, and perfect solution, and it would be terrible or catastrophic if this perfect solution is not found.

- Bad things happen only to bad people.

- If I make one mistake, I am a failure.

- All of my successes are due to luck.

 

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