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Ever wonder why you can practice for hours, sound great in the practice room, and still be frustratingly hit or miss on stage? Join performance psychologist and Juilliard alumnus/faculty Noa Kageyama, and explore research-based “practice hacks” for beating anxiety, practicing more effectively, and playing up to your full abilities when it matters most.

The Bulletproof Musician Noa Kageyama

    • Social Sciences
    • 4.9, 71 Ratings

Ever wonder why you can practice for hours, sound great in the practice room, and still be frustratingly hit or miss on stage? Join performance psychologist and Juilliard alumnus/faculty Noa Kageyama, and explore research-based “practice hacks” for beating anxiety, practicing more effectively, and playing up to your full abilities when it matters most.

    How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week)

    How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week)

    We all naturally react to failure a little differently, but ever wonder what's different about those folks who seem to bounce back more effortlessly from repeated failure? This study provides some pretty fascinating insights, as the researchers explore the differences between what more and less persistent kids say to themselves when they experience failure.

    • 11 min
    Having Difficulty Believing in Yourself? Here’s a Confidence-Building Technique That Doesn’t Feel Like You're Lying to Yourself.

    Having Difficulty Believing in Yourself? Here’s a Confidence-Building Technique That Doesn’t Feel Like You're Lying to Yourself.

    We've all been told that it's important to go into auditions or performances with positive expectations - but that's often easier said than done. If you've ever gotten frustrated with positive visualization or affirmations, there's another strategy you could try - that might not elicit quite so much pushback from your inner critic.

    • 7 min
    Struggling with Practice Apathy? You Might Be Neglecting “Psychological Rest”

    Struggling with Practice Apathy? You Might Be Neglecting “Psychological Rest”

    We have all been told that bringing our "A" game in the practice room and on stage requires a certain amount of physical rest and recovery. But I don't know that we as acutely aware of the importance of psychological rest and recovery as well.

    Recent research suggests that learning to "switch off" might be an important key to maintaining a consistently high level of practice and performance as well.

    • 9 min
    Howard Nelson & Pamela Frank: On Recovering from Injury, the Importance of Being Non-Judgmental, and Practicing with 1000% Expression

    Howard Nelson & Pamela Frank: On Recovering from Injury, the Importance of Being Non-Judgmental, and Practicing with 1000% Expression

    https://bulletproofmusician.com/howard-nelson-pamela-frank-on-recovering-from-injury-the-importance-of-being-non-judgmental-and-practicing-with-1000-expression

    • 49 min
    Sarah Lewis: On Thinking Useful Thoughts, Gratitude, and the Challenge of Juggling Auditions and a 3-Month Old

    Sarah Lewis: On Thinking Useful Thoughts, Gratitude, and the Challenge of Juggling Auditions and a 3-Month Old

    A few months ago, percussionist Rob Knopper and I had a chance to sit down and chat with three musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, to see what sorts of similarities and differences there might be in different musicians' approaches to audition preparation.

    In Episode 3 of this mini-series, oboist Sarah Lewis shares insights on how she stays in a good headspace backstage, what her ideal day-of-audition routine looks like, and what she prioritized in the final week leading up to audition day.

    • 25 min
    Amanda Blaikie: On Believing in Yourself, Letting Go of Attachments, and Giving Yourself Permission to Be Kind to Yourself

    Amanda Blaikie: On Believing in Yourself, Letting Go of Attachments, and Giving Yourself Permission to Be Kind to Yourself

    A few months ago, percussionist Rob Knopper and I had a chance to sit down and chat with three musicians from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, to see what sorts of similarities and differences there might be in different musicians' approaches to audition preparation.

    In Episode 2 of this mini-series, flutist Amanda Blaikie shares insights on how she stays in a good headspace backstage, what her ideal day-of-audition routine looks like, and what she prioritized in the final week leading up to audition day.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Violinauthor ,

Great podcast!

I’m glad I just found this podcast today. Great episode on recovery from injury.

jayvtrumpet ,

Dr. Kageyama is the best!

I’m a pro classical musician who has struggled with performance anxiety and underperforming in high-pressure situations for many years, despite access to some of the best music education in the world. Bulletproof musician has changed my life and has helped me breakthrough long-standing obstacles and frustrations.

Noa is by far the best resource in this space, and I’ve consulted many others. The content available here in this podcast is incredibly valuable and there’s a lot more at the main website.

Everything is evidence-based, professional, and cutting-edge: no snake oil or false promises. If you are willing to listen and apply this information, you will improve your mental skills. Thank you Noa!

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