In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument

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Shirlee Emmons / Alma Thomas
Power Performance For Singers

This Thing Called Performance
The Characteristics of Peak Performance
What is Mental Toughness?
The Performance Cycle: Plans and Routines
The Self and Performance: You, the Person; You, the Performer
Physical Well-Being and Relaxation
Setting Goals
Developing Self-Confidence through Positive Thinking
The Art of Concentrating
Dealing with Anxiety
Imagery in Performance
The Coach's Place in Singer's Preperformance Work
Exploring and Planning "Meaning" for Performance
The Audition and the Competition
The Coach's and/or Accompanist's Place in Singers' Audition, Competition, and Performance Work
Fear in Performance
Postperformance Management
Staleness and Burnout in Performers
Mental Rehabilitation following Vocal Injury or Illness
Exercise Forms
Teaching Points

To perform well in today's highly competitive world where technical skills have been advanced to an unprecedented degree, a singer must be able to handle incredible pressure within the performing arena; his or her ability to deal with this stress will often determine whether he or she will succeed. Why, then, do singers with less technical skill sometimes out-perform stars? Why do some stars suddenly stop performing? What is that mysterious factor that makes an electric performance? Consistent, competent performances do not depend solely upon superior vocal skills, nor are they a matter of luck. On the contrary, the best performances result from a combination of mental attitude, concrete performing skills, and excellent technical skills in that order. Yet most singers have never had the opportunity to acquire the essential skills that make for a successful career.Written as a self-help manual for singers at all levels of expertise, Transcending the Performance Barriers is designed to teach performing artists, and especially singers, how to experience elite performance at their level. The skills outlined in this book will help singers use what they have, to enjoy their voices during performance, and to perform consistently to the best of their present ability.

Item code: 1153B | Book | $59.95 add item to cart
Instructional | 319 Pages | Hardcover | 7 x 10

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