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  • Don Greene, Ph.D
    An introduction to psychologist Don Greene's work from CBS's "The Early Show."
  • Adversity Training For Performance
    Psychologist Don Greene describes the final test he often puts students through.
  • Roger Bobo Masterclass
    Tubist Roger Bobo demonstrates what happens when you try to think and do at the same time.
  • Jeff Nelsen TED Talk, Fearless Performance
    In his talk at TEDxBloomington, Jeff freely admits that the sheer terror of upcoming solo moments has never stopped lurking in his mind. Surrendering to this fact, Jeff decides to give his best in performance anyway, regardless of the potentially scary influences surrounding him. Jeff has become an expert in teaching people how to perform their best by replacing fear with focus on better things. Today's society is full of messages that perpetuate fear, and Jeff's witty and wise approach offers a refreshing alternative.


  • Bullet Proof Musician
    The purpose of this website is to teach musicians who are performing below their potential, how to overcome stage fright, performance anxiety, and other blocks to peak performance. The articles on this site will help you develop the tools you need to master the mental side of performing. These skills will allow you to experience the thrill of performing the way you know you can – even when the lights are brightest. Wait, let me rephrase that. Especially when the lights are brightest.

  • Musician's Way
    Explores issues of music practice and performance, creativity, collaboration, entrepreneurship, career development, technology, wellness, and the myriad aspects of living a musician’s life.

  • Playing Less Hurt
  • Talent Code

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In the Practice Room

Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music From the Heart.  Bruser, Madeline.  ML 3838 .B78 1997        

"But I Played it Perfectly in the Practice Room!"  Whitaker, Charlotte Sibley.  ML 3820 .W48 1987

Mental Practice and Imagery for Musicians: A Practical Guide for Optimizing Practice Time, Enhancing Performance, and Preventing Injury. Freymuth, Malva Susanne.  MT 170 .F74 1999    

The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness.  Klickstein, Gerald.  MT 75 .K74 2009                    

Passionate Practice: The Musician's Guide to Learning, Memorizing, and Performing.  Elson, Margret. MT 170 .E47 2002       

The Practice Revolution: Getting Great Results From the Six Days Between Music Lessons.  Johnston, Philip.  ML 3838 .J63 2002                     

Practicing for Artistic Success : The Musician's Guide to Self-Empowerment.  Kaplan, Burton.  MT 170 .K37 P73 2004 


The Mind

The Audition Process: Anxiety Management and Coping Strategies.  Dunkel, Stuart.  ML 3830 .D9 1989              

Audition Success: An Olympic Sports Psychologist Teaches Performing Artists How to Win.  Greene, Don.  ML 3830 .G74 1998   

Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within.  Werner, Kenny.  ML 3830 .W46 1996                       

Fight Your Fear and Win: Seven Skills for Performing Your Best Under Pressure--At Work, in Sports, on Stage. Greene, Don.  BF 575 .A6 G74 2002   

Flow: The  Psychology of Optimal Experience.  Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly.  BF 575 .H27 C85 1991                          

The Inner Game of Music.  Green, Barry.  ML 3838 .G782 1986

The Inner Game of Tennis.  Gallwey, W. Timothy.  GV 1002.9 .P75 G34 1997

Little Book of Talent.  Coyle, Daniel. BF 431 .C685 2012

Managing Your Head and Body So You Can Become a Good Musician. Cox, Richard H.  ML 457 .C69 2006

The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry.  Green, Barry.  ML 3830 .G69 2003   

The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self.  Westney, WIlliam.  ML 457 .W47 2003                        

Performance Success: Performing Your Best Under Pressure.  Greene, Don. ML 3830 .G74 2002

Performing in the Zone.  Gorrie, Jon.  PN 1590 .G67 2009             

Psycho-cybernetics.   Maltz, Maxwell.  BF 637 .S8 M25 1969        

The Talent Code: Greatest Isn't Born, It's Grown: Here's How.  Coyle, Daniel.  BF 431 .C69 2009              

Talent is Overrated: What Really Separated World-Class performers from Everybody Else.  Colvin, Geoffrey.  BF 481 .C625 2008


The Body

The Alexander Technique Manual: Take Control of Your Posture and Your Life.  Brennan, Richard.  RA 781.5 .B74 2004             

Awareness Through Movement: Health Exercises for Personal Growth.  Feldenkrais, Moshé.  RC 489 .F44 F44 1990   

Body learning : an introduction to the Alexander technique.  Gelb, Michael.  BF 172 .G44 1995    

Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flute Teacher Needs to Know About the Body.  Pearson, Lea.  ML 3820 .P43 2006                   

Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy.  Dawson, William.  ML 3820 .D38 2008   

Hearing Loss in Musicians: Prevention & Management.  Chasin, Marshall.  RF 293.5 .H445 2009                       

How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery.   Vineyard, Missy.  RA 781.5 .V56 2007             

The musician's body : a maintenance manual for peak performance.  Rosset i Llobet, Jaume.  ML 3820 .R67 2007                                

Musician's yoga : a guide to practice, performance, and inspiration.  Olson, Mia. RA 781.7 .O47 2009 

The Relaxation Response.  Benson, Herbert.  RA 785 .B48 2001

What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body: The Practical Application of Body Mapping to Making Music.  Conable, Barbara.  BF 172 .C65 2000 

What Every Trombonist Needs to Know About the Body.  Vining, David.  MT 460 .V56 2010

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