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Sports Psychology Can Help Musicians to Perform

October 15, 2014
Noa Kageyama, a performance psychologist who serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York City and the New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, will present three Lyceum Series workshops from Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26. Dr. Kageyama specializes in teaching performing artists how to utilize sport psychology principles to perform up to their abilities under stress.
All three workshops will be in Meadows Recital Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. The Friday session, beginning at 7:00 p.m., is titled “Centering: How to Make a Great First Impression from the Very First Note.” Saturday’s session begins at 2:00 p.m. and is titled “Focus: What Is the Most Important Thing to Think About When We’re Performing?” The Sunday session, “Courage: How to Play More Freely, Dynamically, and Learn to Trust Yourself,” begins at 2:00 p.m.
A conservatory-trained violinist with degrees from Juilliard and Oberlin, Noa Kageyama’s understanding of performance pressure and excellence come from his own experiences on the concert stage from the age of two. Through twenty-three years of training, complete with television and radio appearances, solo performances with orchestra, and international competitions, he experienced first-hand the discipline, hard work, and perseverance it takes to reach an expert level of performance—as well as the frustration of performing poorly at the worst possible moments.
Dr. Kageyama’s work has been featured in media outlets ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Lifehacker, and he has provided seminars for institutions and organizations such as the New England Conservatory, U.S. Armed Forces School of Music, Perlman Music Program, Starling-Delay Symposium, Music Teachers’ National Association, and the National Association for Teachers of Singing.
These Lyceum Series workshops, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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