Music performance anxiety (MPA), otherwise known as stage fright, affects nearly all musicians in some way or another, and it often leads many musicians to abandon music or use maladaptive coping mechanisms to deal with their symptoms. In this workshop, we will learn strategies from cognitive-behavioural psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and sports psychology to help us manage our experience of stage fright as it appears in the body and mind, and learn to develop new patterns of behaviour that will improve our experience of music-making while also helping us to perform more musically and accurately on the instrument. There will be interactive exercises and audience participation, and there will be time at the end for any questions you may have.
Note: this workshop will not be recorded.
Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022
Time: 4-5pm Eastern (1-2pm Pacific)
Daniel Ramjattan maintains a versatile musical career as a classical guitarist, teacher, and performance coach. He has given concerts in North America, Europe, and Japan, has received awards in national and international guitar competitions, and has premiered dozens of new works by living composers. He releases his debut album, Inspirations: New Works for Solo Guitar, in December 2021, which features premiere recordings and commissions of new works from 21st-century composers in Canada. Daniel works as a classical guitar instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University's Faculty of Music, while simultaneously completing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, where his research focuses on music performance anxiety in guitarists. He has given presentations on this topic at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University and is slated to give presentations on this topic at Mohawk College and the Guitar Society of Toronto in 2022. His students have won local and provincial music competitions and can be found in undergraduate and master's level guitar programs across Canada. His performance coaching clients have included pianists, guitarists, and carillonists from all walks of life. His website is available at danielramjattan.com.
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