Mastering the Art of Performance : A Primer for Musicians: A Primer for Musicians (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Nov 18, 2005 - Music - 224 pages
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In Mastering the Art of Performance: A Primer for Musicians, Stewart Gordon offers seasoned advice to musicians intent on meeting the challenges of performance. Through real-life examples and pre-performance exercises, this accessible manual gives musicians and other performers practical insights into every aspect of performance. While other books merely identify and describe the problems associated with performance, this book offers detailed suggestions for solving them. First, Gordon tackles the critical planning and preparatory stages, helping performers to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. The book's easy-to-follow exercises address the self-doubt and anxiety many musicians contend with, helping them to analyze why they perform, set goals and assess the level of energy needed to achieve them, and develop a performance philosophy. The book also offers techniques that will help musicians deal with some of the classic pitfalls of performance preparation, including repetition and drill, changing bad habits, and developing memory. For the performance itself, Gordon's insights help musicians with pacing and managing stage fright. For the aftermath, Gordon arms performers with strategies for dealing with criticism and conducting a constructive self-evaluation, equipping them to face the challenges of a lifetime of performances, including career plateaus and burnout. Gordon draws from more than forty years of experience in front of audiences to offer readers invaluable tips and personal reflections. While aimed primarily at musicians, the book will be useful to anyone facing the pressures of performance, such as actors, dancers, and even public speakers.
  

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Contents

Defining Performance
3
Assessing Yourself the Performer Achieving a Positive MindSet toward Performance
13
Why We Perform Forging a Performance Philosophy
25
Physical Support for Performance
33
Conceptualizing and Scheduling Goals
41
Keeping Preparation Fresh and Focused
55
Dealing with Repetition and Drill
69
Techniques to Develop Secure Memorization
81
Dynamics during Performance
117
Evaluation after Performance
129
Performance and Human Interaction
153
The Career Challenge
159
Physical Challenge and Performance
179
Performance Careers in Retrospect
185
Performance and Your Spiritual Life
199
Selected Bibliography
205

Ensuring Quality
91
SelfRegard at the Time of Performance
97
Managing Stage Fright
105

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About the author (2005)

Stewart Gordon has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a pianist, teacher, editor, composer, and author. His books and video tapes are widely used in university classrooms. His new edition of the thirty-two Beethoven piano sonatas is attracting wide attention for its scholarly research. He is currently a Professor of Keyboard Studies at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California.

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