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Managing Stage Fright

Managing Stage Fright: A Guide for Musicians and Music Teachers

Why is it that well-prepared, talented, hardworking, and intelligent performers find their performance and self-esteem undermined by the fear of memory slips, technique failures, and public humiliation? In Managing Stage Fright: A Guide for Musicians and Music Teachers, author Julie Jaffee Nagel unravels these mysteries, taking the reader on an intensive backstage tour of the anxious performer's emotions to explain why stage fright happens and what performers can do to increase their comfort in the glare of the spotlight.

Examining the topic from her interdisciplinary educational, theoretical, clinical, and personal perspectives, Nagel uses the music teacher/student relationship as a model for understanding the performance anxiety that affects musicians and non-musicians alike. Shedding new light on how the performer's emotional life is connected to every other facet of their life, Managing Stage Fright encourages a deeper understanding of anxiety when performing. The guide offers strategies for achieving performance confidence, emphasizing the relevance of mental health in teaching and performing.

Through the practices of self-awareness outlined in the book, Nagel demonstrates that it is possible and desirable for teachers to assist students in developing the coping skills and attitudes that will allow them to not feel overwhelmed and powerless when they experience strong anxiety. Each chapter contains insights that help teachers recognize the symptoms-obvious, subtle, and puzzling-of the emotional grip of stage fright, while offering practical guidelines that empower teachers to empower their students. The psychological concepts offered, when added to pedagogical techniques, are invaluable in music performance and in a variety of life situations since, after all, music lessons are life lessons.

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"Performance anxiety can be the bane of anyone who must stand and deliver the goods – be a speech, a play or a piece of music – live on stage. Nagel is herself a Julliard trained pianist who faced such terror that she changed careers. Now her job as a trained psychotherapist is to help men and women deal with such anxieties in ways that will enable them to perform better. This book offers a practical and practiced guide for anyone seeking help to perform better." -- John Baldoni, Executive Coach & Leadership Educator

 “Utilizing her unique qualifications as a performer, pedagogue and psychoanalyst, Nagel weaves essential psychological concepts, probing questions, insightful case studies, and practical suggestions into an absorbing, easy-to-read guidebook on stage fright for musicians. This book should be required reading for everyone who teaches music lessons, or, as Nagel considers them, life lessons.’” - Dr. Gary L. Ingle, Executive Director and CEO, Music Teachers National Association

“Julie Jaffee Nagel’s impressively detailed and valuable analysis of stage fright provides an indispensable guide for teachers, students, and professional musicians concerned with this all too common and often intractable problem.” - Arnold Steinhardt, First violinist of the Guarneri String Quartet

“Julie Jaffee Nagel has given us a beautifully organized and sympathetically written book that successfully addresses the issue of stage fright, a topic too often neglected, to the regret of the performer… Students, teachers, parents, and performers of all types would do well to read it.” - Joseph W. Polisi, President, The Juilliard School

“A most important book that addresses the elephant in the room for virtually all performers.” - Leon Fleisher

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Managing Stage Fright Audio Bonus

Enjoy this audio bonus with author, Julie Nagel. Take a deeper dive with into learning how to manage performance anxiety through Julie's application of the 'Letter B' statements and how they will help you and your students.

Train Your Brain Flashcards

Twelve supportive statements that can be printed (on card stock or laminated for greater durability) to use as mantras and reminders when preparing for your next presentation. From the deck: "Consider the instrument your friend... give it a name!" and "Learn to fix your mistakes without stopping." 

13 Tips for Managing Performance Anxiety

Use this set of coping strategies to help prepare for your next performance. 

Managing Stage Fright: The Journal

The Managing Stage Fright Journal offers a set of guided excercises to get even more benefit from Julie Nagel's new book, Managing Stage Fright.

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