Performance Psychology for Musicians with Dr. Noa Kageyama – Creative Strings Podcast Ep.4

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In this episode with Dr. Noa Kageyama, founder of the Bulletproof Musician:

-How understanding Performance Psychology can help performers step up their game

-Nerves and anxiety for the performing artists: Factors, causes, and solutions.

-Simulation of performance environment and performance conditions during practice.

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“The better we know ourselves, the better we know what happens under pressure, the more effectively we can prepare for those things,”


“An excuse really becomes an excuse when you use it to justify not doing more to prepare,”


Thanks to our friends at the Electric Violin Shop for supporting this podcast series.




Highly Recommended: Noa’s training course and amazing blog at http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/

Recommended reads:

-On studying, practicing, and learning more effectively: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

-On business: Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History

-On preparation, commitment, and art-making in general: The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience


Noa’s favorite thought leaders:

-Seth Godin (marketing): http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/

-Guy Kawasaki (marketing, business development): http://www.guykawasaki.com/about/

-Robert Duke (music/psychology): http://www.utexas.edu/experts/robert_duke

-Scott Barry Kaufman (psychology): http://scottbarrykaufman.com


Clips in this episode

Music clips in this episode are from the album “Klazyc” by the Klazyc trio featuring Christian Howes, Federico Lechner and Pablo Martin

“Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte” –  Ravel

“Vergnügte Ruh, Beliebte Seelenlust” – Bach

“Partita In E” – Bach

“Ma Mére l’Oye” – Ravel


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