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April 26, 2024

When musicians come to me, they always have a strong desire to make better music—a desire that’s being thwarted for one reason or another.

Their joy is interrupted by pain, performance anxiety, or something else that gets in their way, and they haven’t yet figured out how to solve the problem on their own.

One client of mine, Anne, told me in her initial coaching session that she’d suffered from quite a bit of anxiety throughout 2020. As a section leader for a top-notch professional orchestra, she’d never experienced performance anxiety before.

But when the pandemic began, no one was able to rehearse or perform in person anymore, obviously. Yet how long would that last? When would she be called back to work? No one knew! It was nerve-wracking almost to the point of unendurable. This deviation from her normal practice and performance routines (along with the heightened uncertainty of the world) compelled her to keep practicing, even though she had nothing concrete to work towards. The need to always be on-call and ready to perform caused her enormous anxiety.

During this time, Anne watched other musicians around her begin live-streaming performances. But it just so happened, she was by nature timid about exposing herself to an invisible, potentially critical worldwide audience she could neither see nor feel. Her anxiety intensified.

Then, when she experienced her first crazy troll ripping apart her performance in an online post-performance forum, it was too much to bear; she turned to anti-anxiety medication for the first time in her life. Initially, the medication eased her anxiousness, but after a few months, she stopped taking it because of unpleasant and addictive side effects. Because she continued to experience anxiety and excessive tension in her body that negatively impacted her performance even after returning to her regular schedule, Anne reached out to me. Within just a few days, her nerves settled down substantially. Using the techniques I taught her, she almost immediately began to experience ease and calm within her mind and body!

I shared with Anne that I’d spoken with many musicians during the pandemic who were battling unfamiliar performance anxiety after so many months off stage, and that what she was experiencing wasn’t unusual at all.

Knowing that she wasn’t alone in this experience that had felt so isolating reassured her, and she mentioned how incredibly important she thinks it is for musicians to open up, dare to be vulnerable, and share details of their sufferings with others so they can offer mutual support.

She shared with me what I’ve seen, too: that it’s almost taboo for musicians to admit they’re suffering, whether that suffering is mental, emotional, or physical, which leaves them to bear any upset in silence and alone. Besides, it’s common knowledge that making a living as a musician in a society that chronically undervalues artists isn’t always easy, to say the least!

Here’s what Anne, a brass musician, wants you to know:

“As a musician, tension is devastating to performing and also leads to performance anxiety, it’s a terrible cycle. Slowly but surely, I had developed many habits that caused me to experience extreme physical and mental tension. I was no longer enjoying performing or making music, I was simply surviving!

Out of desperation, Google searches lead me to find Jennifer Roig-Francolí and The Art of Freedom Method. I looked at her impressive website and watched a few YouTube videos and I knew I had found something that could actually help me! I enrolled in a six-month coaching program and started my journey back to ease!

Rather than treating the symptoms of my anxiety and tension, Jennifer gave me tools that allow my mind to find ease and improve my use of my Primary Instrument—my whole self. I fully accept that life has no arrival or point of being complete: with my Constructive Thinking tools I’m a work in progress! But I’m no longer in survival mode and I’m experiencing joy in performing once again!”

As for me, I rarely experience pain or performance anxiety these days, and if I do, I know how to turn it around quickly, so that both I and my music improve as a result.

I now understand how my old mindset—for instance, worrying about what others thought of me and how they might judge my performance—caused excess muscular tension, and that mind-body combination multiplied the difficulties in my playing… and my whole life(!), making everything harder, more difficult. And I’ve learned how to undo that tension, consistently and reliably, whenever I want to get amazing results that make me happy.

Are you ready for such a transformation?

It can be quickly achieved!

It all comes down to how you’re using your mind and moving your body, right now.

First, let’s get a clear understanding of what musical performance anxiety is…

Do You Have Musical Performance Anxiety?

Sometimes performance anxiety is obvious to musicians because it’s deeply debilitating, disrupting their ability to book and follow through on gigs, or even to improve their skills because they can’t play in front of teachers or peers, let alone in an ensemble! Other times, performance anxiety in music is underlying and subtle, hard to pinpoint as the cause of struggle.

Let’s look more closely at how performance anxiety shows up for musicians.

What is performance anxiety in music?

When experiencing performance anxiety in music, musicians may have a range of anxious thoughts that can contribute to their nervousness, discomfort, and unnecessary physical tension in their body (which further distorts their music and performance ability, perpetuating the anxiety cycle!) These thoughts are often negative and self-critical. Here are some examples of thoughts that someone might have during a bout of performance anxiety in music:

  • “What if I mess up and make a mistake?”
  • “I’m not as good as the other musicians here.”
  • “Everyone is judging me right now.”
  • “I can’t handle this pressure; I’m going to embarrass myself.”
  • “I’m going to forget the lyrics/notes.”
  • “I should have practiced more; I’m not prepared.”
  • “I can’t breathe; I feel so overwhelmed.”
  • “My hands are shaking; I can’t control them.”
  • “I wish I were anywhere but here right now.”
  • “I’ll never make it as a musician if I can’t get through this.”
  • “I don’t deserve to be on this stage.”
  • “I’ll disappoint my teacher/parents/fans.”
  • “I should have chosen a different career; I can’t handle this.”
  • “I’m going to ruin the entire performance for everyone.”
  • “Why did I agree to do this? I should have said no.”

Reflect on past experiences where you had anxiety while playing or preparing for a performance… What thoughts were racing through your mind? More importantly, how did those thoughts affect your body? Did they cause tension? Shortness of breath? Did you stop thinking clearly, get agitated, or did your performance suffer?

You’ll also want to look closely at what shows up consistently for you, which can be difficult because performance anxiety shows up in a variety of ways for musicians!

What does performance anxiety in music feel like?

Much to the surprise of many musicians, there are several different types of performance anxiety in music. It shows up through a variety of symptoms, including physically, cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally, socially, and musically.

Let’s take a closer look at each:

  • Physically, you might experience an increased heart rate, excessive sweating, trembling, nausea, muscle tension, twitching, or shortness of breath.
  • Cognitively, you may notice racing or intrusive thoughts, overwhelming negative self-talk, difficulty concentrating, and stressful memory lapses.
  • Emotionally, you might feel dread, nervousness, irritability, fear, shame, old trauma triggers, and low self-esteem related to your musical abilities.
  • Behaviorally, you may avoid performance opportunities, engage in excessive practice (or procrastinate), seek reassurance, or turn to substances for relief.
  • Socially, you might fear judgment from the audience or your peers, start withdrawing socially, or become excessively concerned about (or frozen by) others’ opinions.

Musically, your performance quality may noticeably decline during anxious moments, marked by missed notes or poor timing, further perpetuating the stress cycle.

If you identify with any of these symptoms, you’re likely dealing with musical performance anxiety, but please don’t use this as more “evidence” to further fuel your anxious state! It’s important to remember that performance anxiety is a common issue among musicians and can be managed effectively, especially when you understand the root cause and have the right tools.

What Causes Performance Anxiety in Music?

Performance anxiety in music, often referred to as stage fright, can have various underlying causes. These causes may be connected to one another, and each individual can experience performance anxiety for vastly different reasons.

Some common causes and contributing factors include:

  • Fear of Judgment: Musicians often fear being judged or criticized by their audience, peers, or music critics. This fear of negative evaluation can be a significant driver of performance anxiety.
  • Perfectionism: Musicians may have perfectionistic tendencies, setting unrealistically high standards for themselves and their performances. The fear of making mistakes or not meeting these standards can lead to massive bouts of anxiety.
  • Lack of Confidence: Low self-esteem and self-doubt in one’s musical abilities can often contribute to performance anxiety. Musicians who lack confidence in their skills may worry about their competence on stage, and any misstep can further fuel this!
  • Previous Negative Experiences: Past performances that didn’t go well or were met with criticism can create a fear of repeating those experiences, leading to complex anxiety (anxiety based on real, lived experiences vs. possible upsets).
  • Lack of Preparation: Inadequate rehearsal and preparation can make a musician feel ill-prepared for a performance, increasing anxiety about potential mistakes.
  • Pressure to Perform Well: External pressure, such as the desire to impress, meet expectations, or secure future opportunities, can intensify anxiety.
  • Social Anxiety: Musicians with social anxiety may find it challenging to perform in front of others, even if they’re comfortable playing alone or in small settings.
  • Physical Sensations: The physical symptoms of anxiety (increased heart rate, sweating, and trembling) can be triggered or increased by the anticipation of performing.
  • Negative Self-Talk: Internal negative self-talk, including thoughts of failure or embarrassment (publicly or with peers), can further fuel performance anxiety.
  • Lack of Coping Strategies: Musicians who haven’t developed effective coping strategies for managing anxiety may struggle to control their nerves during performances. This can be further magnified by tension in the body!
  • High-Stakes Performances: High-profile or career-defining performances can increase anxiety due to the perceived importance and potential consequences of these events.
  • Personality Traits: Certain personality traits, such as introversion or shyness, may make individuals more susceptible to performance anxiety in social settings.

It’s important to recognize that performance anxiety is incredibly common and experienced by musicians at all levels (there’s no specific point at which you “should” have grown past this, so don’t beat yourself up, even if you’re well down your musical path!)

For example:

A study published in the “Medical Problems of Performing Artists” journal found that up to 70% of professional orchestral musicians experience performance anxiety at some point in their careers.[1]

Research conducted on conservatory music students showed that about 60% to 80% of them experience performance anxiety.[2]

A survey of professional musicians in the United Kingdom found that 63% reported experiencing performance anxiety, with 24% describing it as a severe problem.[3]

It’s important to sit with the question:

Why is performance anxiety happening when I play music?

To answer this, you first have to identify how performance anxiety is showing up for you!

Which of the above causes and contributing factors resonate most deeply with you? Which have you experienced and when? What were the driving thoughts, fears, or worries?

What Are the Effects of Performance Anxiety in Music?

Music performance anxiety can have a profound impact on musicians, affecting both their physical and mental well-being as well as their musical performance itself.

At the core of these effects lies a noticeable decline in the quality of musical performance. Anxiety can lead musicians to make more mistakes, struggle to maintain timing and tempo, or experience frustrating memory lapses during their performances. Understandably, these challenges can be upsetting and tend to undermine the musician’s confidence and self-esteem.

Beyond the immediate performance-related consequences, performance anxiety can extend its reach to impact overall health. Chronic stress associated with anxiety may lead to sleep disturbances, weakened immune function, and increased susceptibility to other health issues and illnesses… all of which further weaken a musician’s ability to play well!

The joy, satisfaction, and vitality that should come from playing or performing music can be significantly diminished, turning a beloved activity into a source of distress.

Performance anxiety can also affect a musician’s career trajectory.

Some individuals may avoid performing altogether or turn down incredible opportunities due to their fear of anxiety and potential embarrassment. Additionally, consistent anxiety-related difficulties during performances can erode a musician’s self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth, affecting their self-image and overall mental well-being.

Worse yet, the longer this goes on, the harder it becomes to override the avoidance!

The negative effects of performance anxiety can extend beyond the stage, influencing the creative process and stifling musical creativity and fluid, passionate expression. It may also lead to social isolation as musicians withdraw from colleagues and collaboration opportunities.

Ultimately, severe performance anxiety can hinder a musician’s career advancement and limit their potential for professional development.

Despite the challenges posed by performance anxiety in music, it’s crucial to remember that many musicians successfully manage and overcome it! Seeking support from musical performance coaches or Alexander Technique for musician providers who support anxiety management can be a valuable step in addressing these effects and regaining confidence.

My client, Anne (who you met at the beginning of this article), and I aren’t the only two who have healed our performance anxiety! Here are more examples:

“I’ve noticed a huge shift in life in general… I feel happier and my anxiety level has diminished in stressful situations. I’m less tense, less reactive, I’m smiling more…. The excruciating neck pain I’ve endured for decades has subdued tremendously. I’m healing! I’m so glad I found Jennifer.” ~Tisha H., Violin

“Tension headaches are MUCH less frequent! I feel that I am more able to stay relaxed in stressful situations… There is a noticeable difference in my ability to control my performance anxiety. ~Anonymous Student Evaluation

I had my first ever pain and anxiety free performance yesterday! I played three Easter worship services, had several solos, and I literally forgot to be nervous! No heating pad afterward, no pain killers, no “ouch!” I haven’t been able to say that in….decades?” ~Kalindi True, Viola

I know what you’re wondering: How do I stop music performance anxiety?

I’ve got you covered…

How to Overcome Performance Anxiety for Musicians: The Five Pillars of The Art of Freedom Method®

The five-pillared approach of my Art of Freedom Method focuses on achieving personal goals, overcoming challenges, and enhancing musical skills with effortless ease.

By integrating these pillars, musicians can accelerate their success across various aspects of life, from mastering their musical instruments to finding balance and happiness in relationships and daily routines. This approach encourages awareness of interconnected aspects of one’s identity as an artist, leading to insights into deep desires and the ability to take integrated and effective action toward personal and professional goals.

The process promotes a life marked by increasing ease, mindfulness, and joy!

Pillar #1: Purpose

In The Art of Freedom® Method, the key starting point is gaining clarity about your life’s purpose.

This involves introspection and understanding why you’re pursuing this path! Without a clear sense of purpose, achieving consistent and significant results becomes challenging, as you may become scattered and start investing time in activities that don’t align with your true desires.

A lack of purpose can lead to internal conflicts, particularly during tough times like poor performances or personal challenges. Purpose acts as a guiding anchor, providing direction and ensuring steady progress instead of feeling lost or regressing when things get hard while pursuing your goals. Without this anchor, even daily practice on your musical instrument may not yield the fulfillment and strong musical expression you seek!

Furthermore, neglecting your purpose and intentions can manifest as physical and emotional discomfort. People may have specific goals, such as improving technical skills or excelling in auditions, or more general intentions, like finding joy in life or bringing happiness to others through their music. Regardless of the specifics, having a clear purpose motivates decision-making and keeps you focused on what truly matters to you.

Pillar #2: Mind

Developing control over your mind by becoming more aware of your thought patterns is a fundamental skill for anyone, but is especially crucial for musicians!

Every action originates as an idea in your mind, so your ability to turn your aspirations into reality depends on how well you can consciously manage your thoughts. This skill is critical for musicians looking to reduce tension, overcome performance anxiety, and enhance their abilities.

Negative thought patterns, often unnoticed, can undermine confidence and hinder personal growth. They trigger physical responses like increased tension, and dwelling on negative scenarios can make it harder to stay present in the moment, which affects your performance.

Remember: you have the power to take conscious control of your mind, allowing you to choose your thoughts and experience a healthier, happier life while fully enjoying music! ​​You must learn how to become your own best teacher and maximize your potential for success. Stop hesitating, stop worrying about what other people think, step into your innate freedom, and find your own style by developing a mindset for success!

Pillar #3: Body

The third crucial aspect of The Art of Freedom® Method focuses on the body’s role in achieving harmony and balance.

Your body mirrors the state of your mind, and achieving equilibrium between your body and emotions hinges on having conscious control over your thoughts while remaining aligned with your purpose. To attain this balance, it’s essential to expand your awareness to encompass your entire body, listen to its wisdom, and accept your feelings without judgment.

Resisting or wishing for your body to be different can lead to suffering in various forms, including mental chaos, emotional discomfort, or physical pain!

A key point highlighted in this work is the interconnectedness of all aspects of ourselves and our surroundings. We often compartmentalize our mind, body, emotions, and spirit as separate entities, but in reality, they’re interdependent and heavily influence one another. For instance, the desire to lift your instrument involves a mental impulse that triggers brain activity, activates the nervous system, and ultimately leads to muscle movement. Recognizing this interconnectedness is vital for optimal expression in activities like music-making!

Throughout this work, embracing the body’s role in our awareness is heavily emphasized, understanding that the body is essentially innocent and responds to the mind’s intentions and the consequences of past thoughts and actions. This means that when discomfort or tension arises, it serves as valuable feedback for course correction! Ignoring these signals or pushing through them can hinder healing and learning, whereas paying attention to the body’s wisdom allows for responsible choices tailored to individual needs. Cultivating internal stillness enables us to listen to our body’s wisdom, guiding us toward more effective and balanced choices that consider our whole self—mind, body, emotions, and all.

If you’ve ever wished it were easier to achieve the kind of artistic mastery and musical success you desire, and if you want to break free from the physical and emotional barriers that keep you from fully enjoying your life and achieving your highest artistic potential, contact me today!

Pillar #4: Spirit

As a young musician, the concept of “playing with spirit” or “con spirito” in sheet music held a somewhat mysterious yet instinctive significance.

It felt like a deep connection to the profound meaning of music and its transcendent role in life. The notion that there was a kind of mystical Muse or Genius spirit guiding the music and connecting the musician to something grander was ingrained early on. The emphasis was on becoming a conduit for the composer’s intentions, allowing the “spirit of Bach” or any other composer to flow through with purity and sincerity.

This understanding also stemmed from the importance of genuine communication with the audience. In order to move others with music, one has to be moved by it first. Playing with Spirit is about getting out of the way and allowing the composer’s ideas to flow!

It’s hard to “get out of the way” when we’re struggling with musical performance anxiety… but once we learn to master our mind and relieve the tension in our body, it becomes much easier.

Pillar #5: Artistry

The fifth pillar of The Art of Freedom centers on artistry, emphasizing how we live, share ideas, and express ourselves through music.

The concept of artistry invokes thoughts of graceful and meaningful expression. Ancient cultures, unlike modern times, integrated art and music into every aspect of life, blurring the lines between different forms of artistic expression.

An example from ancient Indian music, as described in the thirteenth-century text Sangita-Ratnakara, illustrates a holistic view of music. It defines three formats of music: vocal (Gitam), instrumental (Vadyam), and dance (Nrtyam), collectively known as Sangita. This threefold definition continues to inspire Indian classical musicians, who consider music performance a form of spiritual devotion. In this tradition, singing and dancing involve the entire body in the musical process, with instruments seen as extensions of the internal voice.

Ancient Greek culture also revered music as a divine gift that promoted harmony. They believed in a “music of the spheres,” connecting celestial bodies with music. The Greeks integrated dance, lyrics, and poetic performances into their concept of music, as seen in Greek tragedies, where the chorus played a significant role. Remarkably, many foundational works of Western literature, like Homer’s epics, Sappho’s love poems, and the tragedies of Sophocles and Euripides, were originally composed as music, highlighting the profound historical connection between music and artistic expression.

What does musical artistry mean to you, and how do you feel compelled to express it?

Anchoring into a place of artistry and Spirit further supports our purpose (the why behind our music) and allows us to step outside of the many anxiety-producing thoughts and factors. This requires a deeper connection to self and to our music!

The Art of Freedom® Method provides a foundation for playing with less tension and more easeful expression.

But, at the core of overcoming performance anxiety as a musician is confidence.

Confidence is paramount for musicians because it heavily influences their overall musical journey as it enhances stage presence and charisma, captivating the audience and creating a deeper connection between the musician and listeners. A confident musician exudes assurance in their abilities, which can be infectious and inspire trust and admiration from the audience!

Moreover, confidence helps musicians tackle performance anxiety and nervousness, allowing them to focus on their music rather than apprehensions. It promotes a sense of control and resilience, enabling musicians to adapt to unexpected challenges during live performances.

Self-assured musicians are more likely to take creative risks and explore new musical horizons, pushing their artistic boundaries and contributing to their growth as artists—but that requires overcoming your anxiety and not letting it hinder your progress!

With that said, I have some tips…

18 Performance Anxiety Tips That Every Musician Should Know!

Performance anxiety is a common challenge that many musicians face at some point in their careers. It’s that nervous feeling that creeps in before taking the stage, making your heart race and your palms sweat. While it’s entirely normal, it can also be managed effectively with the right techniques. Here are the top 18 performance anxiety tips that every musician should know to help conquer those pre-show jitters and give your best performance:

  1. Learn to do TheCyCle™ and ConstructiveThinking™ (CT): These techniques from the Primal Alexander™ approach to the Alexander Technique are the most powerful techniques I teach my students on Day 1 of any program with me. They are guaranteed to help you feel better as you prepare for a stressful event. Learn TheCyCle™ and CT here.
  2. Choose your focus ahead of time: Decide what you want to focus on during your performance. Rather than fixating on potential mistakes or judgments, concentrate on your CT, the music, your connection with fellow musicians, or the emotions you want to convey through your performance. Connect to Spirit and allow it to flow through you!
  3. Remember that the physical effects are normal: Nervousness often comes with physical symptoms like trembling hands or a racing heart. Accept these sensations as a natural response to excitement rather than something to be feared. Most importantly: the more we resist them, the longer they persist! Go back to your breathing and sit with the sensations. With calm intention and centered focus, they’ll begin to dissipate.
  4. Reframe any nerves as excitement: Shift your perspective by interpreting your anxiety as excitement! Both emotions share similar physiological responses, so by reframing your nerves, you can channel that energy into a passionate and dynamic performance.
  5. Set realistic expectations: Understand that no human is perfect, and even the most accomplished musicians make mistakes! Set achievable goals for your performance, and remember that it’s okay to falter occasionally. You really don’t need to sound perfect like a CD recording!
  6. People don’t pay as much attention to you as you think: Most audience members are not as critical or judgmental as you might imagine. They’re often more forgiving of mistakes than you are of yourself—heck, they often don’t even notice them!
  7. Remember that the audience is on your side: People in the audience want you to succeed. They’re rooting for you and are there to be moved by your music. Keep that in mind to boost your confidence and stay connected to what really matters.
  8. Replace unhelpful thoughts: Identify negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. Instead of thinking, “I might mess up,” tell yourself, “I’m well-prepared and capable of delivering a fantastic performance.” Be sure to stick with something true that your subconscious mind can’t fight against!
  9. Practice Awareness Etudes (as taught in The Art of Freedom® Method and Primal Alexander™): Incorporate these Etudes, which are akin to mindfulness meditation, into your daily routine to help manage anxiety. These enhance your ability to be more present and focused during performances and rewire your nervous system for the long-term.
  10. Physical Warm-Up: Engaging in an easy physical warm-up routine before performing can help keep you connected to your body instead of succumbing to fear-based thinking and mind-wandering. Stretching and light exercise to get your body moving can help alleviate tension and calm your nerves.
  11. Visualization: Visualize yourself performing successfully. Create a mental image of how you’d like your performance to go, including the sights, sounds, and emotions. This positive visualization can boost your confidence, but it’s also proven to improve performance!
  12. Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can exacerbate physical anxiety symptoms (and even cause anxiety because it stresses your body!) Ensure you’re well-hydrated leading up to your performance to help maintain focus and reduce physical tension. Skip the coffee on the day of a performance if caffeine tends to make you jittery.
  13. Prepare Thoroughly: The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel! Practice your pieces extensively and run through potential trouble spots to build your confidence. Practice performing for others before the event.
  14. Stay Organized and Give Yourself Extra Time: Create a checklist of everything you need for your performance, from your instrument and sheet music to any accessories. Being organized reduces running around and last-minute stress (which will only create more tension in the body). Make sure to schedule in extra time to get to the venue so you can move more slowly and feel calm when you get there.
  15. Learn from Each Performance: After each performance, whether it goes well or not, take time to reflect and learn, looking at everything as insight and information. Identify what went right and what can be improved for the next time while giving yourself grace! Don’t forget to celebrate the positive aspects of your performance!
  16. Connect with Fellow Musicians: Talk to other musicians about their experiences with performance anxiety and how they overcame it. Sharing stories and coping strategies can provide valuable insights and support, reminding you that you’re not alone!
  17. Stay Consistent: Maintain a regular practice routine and continue performing regularly. The more you expose yourself to performing, the better equipped you become to manage anxiety as you’ll see that you survive and get better.
  18. Stay Positive: Surround yourself with supportive individuals who believe in your abilities as a musician, their encouragement can boost your self-confidence!

And remember, 70% of professional orchestral musicians and 63% of professional musicians experience performance anxiety at some point in their career (even later on, no matter how many times they’ve played or accolades they’ve achieved!) You’re not alone in this, and chances are, other musicians you know have experienced, or are currently experiencing, performance anxiety with their music. Don’t isolate yourself!

The wonderful thing is, you CAN overcome this when you have super-effective mind-body tools (like the ones I teach my students) that go even further than the 18 tips listed above!

Looking for Strategies to Become a More Confident Musician When Performing and Overcome Performance Anxiety for Good?

All it takes is developing simple daily practices that teach you precisely what to do when performance nerves and stress hormones hit you, and learning how to transmute nervous energy into excitement and take charge of your wandering mind.

You can stop self-sabotage, negative thinking, and habits that take you away from your love of music and into the chaotic world of uncontrollable feelings and unpleasant body sensations!

Turn self-doubt into confidence and deliver performances with delight instead of dread by grabbing a copy of my book, Make Great Music with Ease! The Secret to Smarter Practice, Confident Performance, and Living a Happier Life.

Make Great Music with Ease! is a transformative guide brimming with inspiring stories and practical tools that empower you to find better balance and express yourself with skillful mastery, confidence, and joy. The book provides deep insight and lasting solutions to the challenges musicians face, including pain, performance nerves, and emotional stress.

I share my personal experience in more detail, and present case studies from my coaching practice illustrating how unifying the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of being a musician with mindful awareness can lead to greater freedom and success in both music and life. At the heart of the book is The Art of Freedom® Method, my comprehensive system integrating Alexander Technique principles with my own experience in performance, meditation, and personal development. The innovative explorations and daily Awareness Etudes introduced in this book will enable you to release tension, improve your musical technique and practice skills, and play with inspired flow!

Make Great Music with Ease! challenges you to wake up your curiosity and access your inner wisdom so you can create music with your whole self while making a positive impact in the world.

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“Most performing musicians I know suffer from performance anxiety and chronic pain, including myself. We try to deal with these potentially debilitating problems the best we can. Jennifer Roig-Francolí’s book offers us a holistic, natural way to free ourselves from bondage of our own creation! Her work with musicians online has long created a stir among performers fortunate enough to participate in her workshops, and now her expertise is available to all of us in book form. I am looking forward to implementing her suggestions in my own practice, and to offering it to my developing students so that they can avoid the pitfalls of pain and anxiety that often await us.”
~ Kathie Stewart, Principal Flute for Apollo’s Fire, Teacher of Baroque Flute at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

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Explore The Art of Freedom® Method for conscious living and masterful artistry!

I’ve distilled everything I’ve learned about finding balance in my life and ease in my music into what I call The Art of Freedom® Method: my five-pillar approach to living a meaningful, joyous, and successful life as a musician — free in mind, body, Spirit, and artistry.

Through this work, you will:

  • Feel free of fear and at ease
  • Feel more relaxed when making music
  • Feel reduced pain and improve your musical posture
  • Tap into essential mind and body skills which will relieve muscle tension
  • Be more in touch with yourself and the music you wish to create
  • Be more focused, resulting in brilliant playing
  • Bring joy and motivation back to your music
  • Feel more positive about your life and your music
  • Bring more creativity and fun into your life

This work is perfect for dedicated musicians of all instruments and skill levels who want to improve their musical experience by overcoming physical and mental obstacles to great artistry. You’ll learn powerful mind-body tools to overcome pain or performance anxiety, release tension to play with effortless ease, and harness the power of your mind for increased happiness and success. If you’re committed to making small but powerful changes on a daily basis, for guaranteed improvement in all areas of life and music-making, both personal and professional, then I’d love to chat with you about working together.

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