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Mastering the Art of Performance: A Primer for Musicians

Stewart Gordon


This book offers advice for all performers to achieve performance mastery. It defines performance in the broadest terms as being applicable to many life situations and challenges in many professions. Through real life experiences and pre-performance exercises, the book offers highly practical advice on every aspect of performance. It analyzes motivation, assesses talent levels, sets performance goals, suggests levels of energy needed, and develops a performance philosophy. It deals with building technique, practice routines, the role of repetition and drill, changing bad habits, and developing ... More

Keywords: performance mastery, motivation, talent levels, performance goals, practice routines, performance anxiety, stage fright, evaluation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195177435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stewart Gordon, author
University of Southern California