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Balanced Musician Integrating Mind and Body for Peak Performance

ISBN-10: 0810882930
ISBN-13: 9780810882935
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/21/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 382
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Mind-Body Connection
The Performer's Challenges
Music: A Natural Instinct
Coping with Performance Demands
Imperfections and the Evolution of Performance Expectations
The Balanced Performer
Musical Development and Performance Experiences
Personality and Perfectionism
Self-Efficacy
Why Perform?
Sport Psychology
Introduction to Sport Psychology
Parallels between the Fields of Musical and Athletic Performance
A Brief History of Sport Psychology
Peak Performance, Optimal Performance, and Maximal Performance
Introduction to Cognitive Strategies
The Connection between Mind and Body
The Yerkes-Dodson Law
The Left and Right Hemispheres of the Brain
Peak Performance and the Concept of Flow
Developing Trust
Automatic Processes and Controlled Processes
Performance Anxiety
The Beneficial Effects of Adrenaline
Performance Anxiety
Problems with the Word Anxiety
A Reexamination of the Yerkes-Dodson Law
The Mind
Cognitive Strategies
Psychological Skills Training: An Introduction
Observational Learning and Modeling
Definition of Self-Talk
Historical Overview of Self-Talk
Thought Stopping
Creating Positive Self-Talk Cues
Mind Mapping
Mental Characteristics of Peak Performers
Mental Toughness
Positivity
Concentration and Attention
Sound Focus versus Self-Focus
Ristad's Judges
The Work of Don Greene
Developing Concentration
Dimensions of Focus
Mind-to-Muscle Relaxation Techniques
Centering
A Centering Exercise
Meditation
Research on Meditation
Prayer
Mindfulness and Metta
Types of Meditation
Practice as Meditation
Systematic Desensitization
Biofeedback
Relaxation Imagery
Hypnosis
Autogenic Training (AT)
Imagery
Definition of Imagery
Preperformance Imagery
Postperformance Imagery
Characteristics of Effective Imagery
Using All the Senses
The Importance of Positive Imagery
Imagery Ability: Vividness and Controllability
Orientation
Historical Overview of Imagery Research
Simultaneous Processing and Sequential Processing
Your Personal Best: Performance Enhancement Imagery
Initial Step in Imagery Practice: Relaxation
The Language of Imagery
Benefits of Imagery
Theories of Why Imagery Works
Imagery Research in Music
Self-Reports of Expert Musicians
Aural Awareness and Audiation
Mental Rehearsal
Concentration during Practice
Benefits of Mental Rehearsal
Meta-analyses of the Research Literature on Mental Practice
Sport Psychology Research on Mental Rehearsal
The Combination of Mental and Physical Practice
Practical Strategies for Combining Mental and Physical Practice
Music Research on Mental Rehearsal
Mental Rehearsal in the Beginning Stage of Learning
Memorization
Learning Modalities
Mental Rehearsal for Memorization
Testimonials by Expert Musicians
Preperformance Routines
The Body
CHAPTER TEN Muscle-to-Mind Relaxation Techniques
Types of Relaxation Techniques
Diaphragmatic Breathing
Breathing Practice
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Breathing with Your Music
Progressive Relaxation
Progressive Relaxation Sequences
Stretching
Benefits of Stretching
An Introduction to Yoga
General Pointers for Safe and Effective Practice
Pranayama
"Playing the Edge"
Yoga Asanas: Types and Benefits
Seated Stretches and Warm-ups
Standing Poses
Balance Pose: Vrksasana, or Tree Pose
Backbends
Forward Bends
Twists
Inverted Pose: Viparita Karani, or Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose
Restorative Pose: Balasana
Final Relaxation Pose: Savasana
30-Minute Daily Practice Sessions
5-Minute Mid-Practice Breaks
5-Minute Preperformance Sequences
The Balanced Musician
The Effects of Stress on the Body
Taking Care of Yourself
Practicing
Overuse Syndrome
Performance Countdown
Conclusion
Self-Evaluation Form for Video Recording
Anxiety Preview Questionnaire
Imagery Scripts
Index
About the Author

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