Music Performance Anxiety (commonly known as stage fright) is a nearly universal experience among musicians of all backgrounds, yet is rarely acknowledged in the music community. This workshop will teach you some key strategies for managing music performance anxiety, using techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as research from sports psychology and many other disciplines.
In this workshop, you will learn:
-What Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) looks like, from a clinical and performance perspective, and the many ways it manifests
-Common predictors and causes of MPA
-Strategies for dealing with MPA, taken from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring, Sports Psychology, and more.
This friendly and informal presentation will include a question and answer period.
About the Presenter
Daniel Ramjattan, M. Mus, RMT, is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Toronto, where he is writing his dissertation on Music Performance Anxiety in guitarists. As a classical guitarist, he has given concerts in Canada, the US, Japan, Italy, and Austria, and has received top prizes in provincial, national, and international guitar competitions. Having struggled with Music Performance Anxiety for many years in the competitive world of classical music, his natural affinity for psychology has driven him to study this topic formally and informally for many years. He has 11 years of teaching experience working with players from the very beginning to advanced ages, and has given coachings to classical guitarists in at the University of Ottawa and University of Toronto for over four years. He works as a performer, teacher, and performance coach in Toronto, and is one of the guitar teachers at the Toronto Guitar School.