Performance Workshop with Noa Kageyama

Saturday, February 6, 2021


A mental skills workshop with performance psychologist Noa Kageyama. Free and open to the public. Attend the workshop here:

Elite athletes have known for decades that physical preparation alone is not enough to perform optimally under pressure. After all, why is it that we can nail even the most difficult passages in the practice room, but fall apart when we’re in front of other people? And why does this happen in some performances, but not others?

Performing doesn’t have to be such a random or nerve-wracking experience. And increasingly, musicians too are engaging in more mental skills training - ways of practicing and preparing which can lead to more consistent, inspired, and engaged performances.

In this session, we’ll explore the two causes of “choking” under pressure, and three ways to prevent this from happening - a sound-based technique, a rhythm-based technique, and an improvisation-based technique.

Learn more about Noa Kageyama at