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The Musician's Way


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Introduction Part I: Artful Practice 1: Getting Organized Artful Practice Defining Practice Creating a Practice Environment The Five Practice Zones Planning Your Practice Scheduling Practice Sessions Choosing New Material Self-Recording 2: Practicing Deeply, I Practicing Deeply Habits of Excellence Essentials of Artistic Interpretation Mental Imaging Warming Up 3: Practicing Deeply, II The Craftsmanship of Practice Starting New Material Managing Repetition Solving Problems 4: Practicing Deeply, III Ripening Your Repertoire Taking Breaks Memorization Concepts Memorization Strategies 5: Practicing Deeply, IV Building Technique Upgrading Musicianship Fueling Motivation Committing to the Creative Process 6: Musical Collaboration Musical Collaboration Professionalism Interacting in Rehearsal Correlating Solitary and Group Practice Igniting Synergy Forming a Musical Group Part II: Fearless Performance 7: Unmasking Performance Anxiety Fearless Performance Unmasking Performance Anxiety The Basic Anxiety Equation Anxiety's Effects The Roots of Performance Anxiety Portraits of Anxious Performers Crafting Confidence 8: Becoming a Performing Artist, I Becoming a Performing Artist The Heart of Performance The Five Facets of Preparation Preperformance Routines Backstage Techniques 9: Becoming a Performing Artist, II Stage Deportment Shaping Your Stage Presence Starting and Ending Harnessing On-Stage Energy Connecting with an Audience 10: Becoming a Performing Artist, III Dealing with Errors Postperformance Routines Practicing Performance Evaluating Your Progress 11: Performing like a Pro Performing like a Pro The Peak-Performance Myth Designing Concert Programs Three Model Programs Creating a Preparation Timeline Auditions and Competitions The Recording Studio Part III: Lifelong Creativity 12: Injury Prevention, I Lifelong Creativity Musicians and Injuries Causes of Injury Warning Signs and Responses Injury-Prevention Basics Recovering from Injury 13: Injury Prevention, II Balanced Sitting and Standing Meeting Your Instrument Voice Care Hearing Conservation 14: Succeeding as a Student Succeeding as a Student Student-Teacher Dynamics Appreciating Criticism Embracing Career Challenges Counteracting Substance Abuse Boosting Creativity Notes Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

Gerald Klickstein (@klickstein) is a veteran performer and educator with more than 30 years of experience on the concert stage and in higher education. In July 2012, he was appointed Director of the Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. From 1992-2012, he was a member of the distinguished artist-faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His book The Musician's Way and its extensive website have drawn global praise for their insightful handling of the issues that today's musicians face.


"One of the most important books on musicianship in recent decades." --Joseph Docksey, Director, Lamont School of Music, University of Denver "I predict that The Musician's Way will be an instant classic. It is the most useful, comprehensive book I have ever read on developing the skills of a successful performer. Every music lover--student, professional, amateur, and teacher alike--should own this book." --Jeffrey Solow, Professor of Cello, Temple University; President, American String Teachers Association "The entire music profession has received a great and much-needed gift from Gerald Klickstein. The Musician's Way is a landmark and essential guide for every serious musician."--Barbara Lister-Sink, Professor of Piano, Salem College; author, Freeing the Caged Bird DVD "The Musician's Way is the brainchild of an experienced and insightful teacher who has thought long and hard about how musicians can maximize their artistic success while coping with the stresses of music making. In clear and engaging language, the author leads us down the complex pathways navigated by musicians and provides sound directions at every turn." --Alice G. Brandfonbrener, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Founding Director, Medical Program for Performing Artists, Northwestern University Medical School "You owe it to yourself to read this book." --The Classical Guitar Blog "A wonderful tool for all aspiring musicians." --Music Ed Magic "A rare example of clear, concise and useable information on music practice...If I read a better book on practice this year I'll be surprised!!" "The relationship of learning, practice, and mastery in the case of musicianship is explored thoroughly in Gerald Klickstein's The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness. Written for especially classical and jazz instrumentalists and vocalists at the university level, the book nevertheless provides important lessons for musicians of widely diverse levels and backgrounds." --John Warren, Juan's World "Mr. Klickstein presents so much helpful information that you will be itching to sit at the piano with his book beside you while you practice....A tremendous resource that would benefit any music teacher." "The Musician's Way is strongly recommended for its focus on mental imagery and the role of the mind in effective practice...A holistic approach to teaching, The Musician's Way should be on the shelf of every aspiring professional musician and every serious music educator." --Clavier Companion "Klickstein covers the gamut of issues, tips, and ideas that make up the world of the serious musician....Students hunger for this kind of knowledge." --Notes "Klickstein takes a common-sense approach and works his way through techniques for improving every aspect of a performer's life, from ways to memorise a piece to dealing with performance anxiety. . . . It's all very well thought through and an interesting read." --The Strad "A comprehensive guidebook from an experienced, insightful musician....You must read this book." --Stringendo "Wonderfully thought-out and organized...a book to keep around and to constantly refer back to as you develop as a musician...'The Musician's Way' is a book that will benefit any musician. He touches on aspects of all performers, from guitarists to violinists to drummers to vocalists, and has plenty of tips for everyone...Regardless of what instrument you play or how long you've been playing or what level of musician you consider yourself to be, you will find a tremendous amount of beneficial material in this book. I can't recommend it enough." --David Hodge, "Engaging and well-written and a valuable resource for every performer seeking to develop their craft and maintain career longevity." --Psychology of Music "Provides a wealth of information that would otherwise take years to accrue." --British Journal of Music Education "Articulates both an artistic approach to attaining mastery of an instrument/voice and a practical approach to achieving professional goals....Uniquely holistic." --Philosophy of Music Education Review

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