Describe how you want to experience your next performance. Imagine walking on stage: How do you want to feel physically? What kinds of thoughts do you want to be having? What emotions do you want to experience?
I want to feel alive and really take in the music. I want people to see past the notes and the harmonics and see the completeness and connection of music and see the beauty within it. I want to feel like I’m floating and letting my mind carry. I want to think positively and really not at all just clear and focused in my mind.
How would you like to come across to your audience? What image do you want to convey through your stage entrances, exits, and bows?
I want to be transparent and relatable to the audience. I don’t want to be standoff-ish and condescending towards the people that payed to see me perform. I want to be grateful towards the fact they paid to see me and gave money because they believed in my work. I want to enter with poise and confidence and I want to bow and exit like how I entered.
Have you recently videotaped a performance and later watched it with a mentor to discuss your stage presence? If not, when might you be able to do this?
I have not, but I might be able to when my senior recital happens in the fall next semester.
How do you experience performance anxiety? Describe your specific symptoms:
- thought patterns (self-talk)
Of the interventions described for handling anxiety in this chapter, which do you plan to work on?
I feel that I become very anxious and constantly thinking. My body races sometimes, but I have learned a way to control that works for me. Breathing and clear my mind and letting all the negative energy go from within me.
Have you ever experienced discomfort during or after practice? What have you done as a result of feeling this discomfort?
I remembered a lot when i used bad posture. I remember my shoulders would tense and i would keep one of them really high for some reason and that would cause my shoulder to hurt and effect my breathing so I would not be able to take in a proper breath. I also used to bite a lot when I’m played the saxophone so when i bit down from my jaw my bottom teeth are sharp so it would prick my gums and my lips. I later eased up and became less tense n the shoulders and overall. I used a thin piece of paper to help and later learned how to relax my mouth.
How often do you take breaks during practice sessions? How long are these breaks? What do you do during these breaks? I take a couple breaks whenever I get deep into practicing. These breaks are important to free my mind and to relieve me of any complications of a certain passage or sectional material. I usually walk slowly back and forth and try to clear my mind. I also will drink water or sit down.
To help ensure a lifetime of healthy music making, what else (beyond taking breaks) can you do to help safeguard your performance health? Stay physically in shape. This has been something recent that I am trying to stay on top of. This helps me physically and mentally work on my body to make it ready for any obstacle