Does this sound familiar?
A few days before a performance, you start anticipating all the things that could go wrong.
On stage, you struggle with shakiness, sweating, flushing, or uncontrollable negative thoughts.
After performing, you fall into a cycle of shame, self-doubt, and criticism.
You’re not alone. Professional musicians at every level struggle with performance anxiety.
But the advice you’ll hear from most musicians and teachers isn’t very helpful.
“…if you’re really well prepared you won’t be nervous…”
“…eventually you’ll grow out of performance anxiety…”
“…pretend the audience isn’t there…just imagine the audience is naked…pretend you don’t care…”
You’ll hear these bits of advice everywhere, but unfortunately, they just don’t help when you’re stuck in a cycle of performance anxiety.
The truth is, most musicians simply don’t know how to cope with performance anxiety.
That’s where I come in.
I’m Dr. Travis Baird, Performance Coach and Musician Health Specialist for musicians like you who are ready to finally dismiss performance anxiety, embrace the spotlight, and love performing.
After struggling for years with my own stage fright, I got fed up and decided to do something about it.
I devoured every resource I could get my hands on. I pursued training in yoga and meditation. I turned each of my performances into a personal experiment.
And before long, things started to change!
I realized I wasn’t just comfortable on stage…I was actually excited to perform.
This can be YOU.
YOU can feel poised, centered, and energized on stage.
YOU can finally enjoy your life as a performing musician.
But first you have an important choice to make.
Are you ready to take action?
Are you ready to totally overhaul your mental approach to performing?
Are you ready to reject the idea that you’re “just not very good at performing…”?
If you’re ready, let’s get started.
I’ll help you discover how to use powerful research-based mental preparation techniques to give poised, focused, consistent performances.
And I’ll guide you to flip the switch on your fear of performing, so you can replace habitual negative thoughts with powerful positive ones. During our work together, you’ll rediscover your love of performing.
Deep down, I think you know what you need.
On the morning of your next major performance, you need to wake up feeling rested, calm, and excited.
You need to trust your mental preparation just as much as your technical preparation.
You need to perform with confidence.
You need to feel happy as you accept your loving audience’s raucous applause and leave the stage feeling great (and not just because it’s over).
I’m going to teach you how to get there.
It is never too late to make a transformative change in your performing life.
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve struggled with performance anxiety. You have the power to change your mental game, no matter your age. And when small changes add up, anything is possible.
True success requires balance.
That means balance between physical and mental aspects of performing, balance between diligent practice and performance practice, and balance between work and rest.
Your potential is greater than you think.
What’s the greatest musical achievement you think you could reach? What if you’re holding yourself back from reaching your true potential?
If you could break down these mental barriers, what would happen? What could you achieve?
Dr. Travis Baird has enjoyed solo performances in England, Austria, Canada, and around the United States in a wide variety of venues. Dr. Baird is a Performance Coach and Musician Health Specialist, working with musicians through one-on-one coaching and group workshops. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, the University of South Carolina, and the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Baird is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and NASM certified personal trainer. When he’s not coaching, teaching, or performing, you can find him hiking on a mountain trail or sipping coffee at his favorite local coffee shop.
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