LJS 72: How to Beat Performance Anxiety and Quiet Your Inner Critic

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Welcome to episode 72 of the LJS Podcast where today our special guest, performance psychologist Noa Kageyama, talks to us about how to beat performance anxiety and quiet the inner critic in our heads. Noa is the face behind the website bulletproofmusician.com and teaches at the Julliard School in New York City. Listen in!

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Music is intensely psychological. The truth is you can practice for hours and hours and feel as prepared as possible but still stumble when performance time comes. In addition, musicians (especially jazz and classical musicians) are constantly playing a comparison game with each other.

This kind of thinking can be incredibly detrimental to your performance success. The same as it’s important to spend time training on our instruments and understanding music, we also need to be training our mindset. We need to program our brains to think positively, push past distractions, and learn to think about our musicianship in a different light.

Noa Kageyama is on the show today to share with us his expertise as a Julliard trained violinist, performance psychologist, and now professor at the Julliard School, on the subject of overcoming performance anxiety and quieting that inner critic we all tend to have.

In this episode

  1. Noa Kageyama shares his story as a trained violinist turned psychologist.

  2. How to beat performance anxiety.

  3. How to reprogram your mind to stop comparing yourself to others.

  4. How to calm your nerves right before you step on stage

  5. How anxiety and excitement are not all that different, and how to reframe anxiety.

Listen to episode 71: Why the “Vibing” Culture in Jazz Has to Go

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Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publications "500 Jazz Licks" and "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." To learn more, visit www.brentvaartstra.com.