Dr. Bill Moore: Playing Your Best When It Counts

TCU School of Music Meckna Chair Residency -- September 21-23, 2011

Dr. Bill Moore

Session Times

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
3:00 - 3:50 pm: Overcoming Mental Barriers to Performing Your best (live
(live webcast)
7:00 - 8:30 pm: Performing your best when it counts (live webcast)
Thursday, September 22, 2011
11:30 - 1:00 pm: Sandlot performance studio class (live webcast)

2:00 - 4:00 pm: Incorporating performance psychology into your teaching(live webcast)

7:00 - 8:30 pm: Strategies for playing your best when it counts(live webcast)
Friday, September 23, 2011
11:30 - 12:30 pm: Fireside chat(live webcast)
3:00 - 5:00 pm: Performance Psychology Studio class (live webcast)
Session Descriptions

1. Overcoming Mental Barriers to Performing Your Best (50 min.): In today’s high pressure performance environments, a thoughtful and integrated approach to the development and refinement of performance skills is necessary. Best performances occur when you are totally absorbed in and connected to the task-at-hand, free from expectations, fears, doubts and other cognitive activity. Self-doubt, fear of mistakes, over-analysis of technique, and heightened anxiety are examples of mental barriers to performing your best. This presentation provides an understanding of these barriers and practical strategies for overcoming them.

2. Performing Your Best When It Counts (90 min.): This presentation provides a broader understanding of the psychological and emotional aspects of music performance. The role mental performance skills play in the execution of well-learned, complex, precise movement patterns will be discussed and strategies for developing the three mental performance skills will be demonstrated, specifically, 1) Courage: the ability to direct your will to overcome fear and self-doubt, 2) Trust: the ability to let go of your desire to consciously control correctness and 3) Acceptance: the ability to perceive outcomes “as is” without any judgment as to “good” or “bad.”

3. “Sandlot” Performance Studio Class (90 min.): This is a performance psychology studio class conducted in an open and accepting environment. We will discuss the mental and emotional demands of your specific performance. You can sign up to perform. Works in progress are encouraged. You can perform all or part of something or you can simply sit in and listen to the performances and discussion. You are welcome to come and go as you please.

4. Incorporating Performance Psychology Into Your Teaching (120 min.): This session provides specific strategies and exercises for integrating performance psychology into your studio classes and individual lessons. This session explores some of the differences between teaching for skill acquisition and coaching for skill performance. It provides a foundation for developing and executing mental performance skills necessary for playing your best when it counts. There is a clear distinction between the mental skills needed to ‘put it in’ during practice and those needed to ‘get it out’ during performance. Although mental skills make up just one part of the whole performance picture, they are often the part least understood and yet may be the most important in playing your best when it counts.

5. Strategies for Playing Your Best When It Counts (90 min.): This is an interactive session. Students will engage in discussion and exercises designed to develop a positive performance mindset as well as specific strategies for pre-performance preparation, effectively dealing with distractions, eliminating negative thoughts during performance and practice activities for training concentration.

6. Fireside Chat (60 min.): This is an informal question and answer session providing participants an opportunity to discuss the mental and emotional challenges of their performances while sharing ideas for preparing for performances, enhance self-confidence and develop better concentration during performance.

7. Performance Psychology Studio Class (120 min.): This is a performance psychology studio class conducted for musicians working on specific performance pieces. It will be conducted in an open and accepting environment and will address the mental and emotional demands of your specific performance with strategies for overcoming sticking points.

Admission Free to all events

for further information contact Dr. Ann Gipson at (817) 257-6312, email at a.gipson@tcu.edu