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Best Noa Kageyama podcasts we could find (updated December 2019)
Best Noa Kageyama podcasts we could find
Updated December 2019
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Ever wonder why you can practice for hours, sound great in the practice room, and still be frustratingly hit or miss on stage? Join performance psychologist and Juilliard alumnus/faculty Noa Kageyama, and explore research-based “practice hacks” for beating anxiety, practicing more effectively, and playing up to your full abilities when it matters most.
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Horn player Erik Ralske (Met Opera) provides insights on how to get into "the zone," and the paradoxical way in which giving yourself permission to miss notes could lead to more accurate playing. Erik Ralske: On Developing a Stronger Internal Pulse, and the Paradoxical Benefits of Giving Yourself Permission to Miss Notes…
It's often said that it takes 21 days to form a new habit. But is this actually true? How Long Does It REALLY Take to Form a New Habit?
Nowadays, camera phones are everywhere. And we seem to photograph everything. But what effect does this have on our enjoyment of these experiences? Phonetography: Does This Enhance or Diminish Our Enjoyment of an Experience?
One of my teachers once said that if you sound good in the practice room, you're probably not practicing. Indeed, research suggests that there is actually a lot of truth to this. So why do we naturally tend to gravitate towards less-effective practice strategies? The Misinterpreted-Effort Hypothesis, and Why We Often Practice Less Effectively t ...…
Ever feel creatively stuck, unsatisfied, or inhibited somehow - but can't quite figure out how to get out of your rut? Cellist Mike Block describes some of the experiences that helped him to discover his unique musical identity, and what he continues to do today - both in and out of the practice room - that helps him continue to make his way do ...…
The idea of "performance practice," and preparing for the unique demands of performances makes a lot of intuitive sense - but are there times when this is NOT the most useful way to practice? Why Highly “Representative” Practice Is so Important (Except When It Isn’t)
Both giving and receiving feedback can be tricky (and icky). And if you've found feedback you've received to be kind of vague or otherwise unhelpful, research suggests that a tiny change to the language you use when requesting feedback can elicit much more helpful and useful comments. Change This One Word to Get More Useful Feedback From Peers ...…
Deliberate or "deep" practice is widely acknowledged to be a critical factor in cultivating talent and ability. But at what age is this something that can be learned? Is this something that middle-school-aged students can learn to do, and sustain as a habit? Can Young Students Be Taught to Engage in Deliberate Practice Too?…
Ever freak out about what exactly you're going to do when you finish school, and how you're going to get there? Or maybe you're on the other side of school, but struggling a bit to find your unique voice and cut through the noise? Career development guru Angela Beeching shares tips and insights on how to make the most of the resources around yo ...…
Many athletes and musicians engage in quirky rituals before each show. Do these really work? And if so, why? Quirky Pre-Performance Rituals: Do They Really Work?
Staying in a good headspace when you have a lot of time to kill before a concert or audition can be a real challenge. But research suggests that listening to a particular kind of music could help. Get into a Better Pre-Audition Headspace with a "Heroic" Playlist
Is it more productive to front-load easy problems or to work on difficult ones? Well, research suggests that working on easy problems can be deceptively productive (and satisfying!) in the short term, but less productive in the long-term. Why the “Task Completion Bias” Could Give You the Illusion of Productive Practice, but Make You Less Produc ...…
There's a legitimate reason (the "curse of expertise") why it can sometimes be difficult for experts to teach less experienced players how to learn skills that the expert has long ago encoded into their "muscle memory." But research suggests there may be a way to get around this and deliver more useful advice to students who are struggling to l ...…
High chinrest? Low chinrest? Centered? Shoulder rest? Shoulder pad/sponge? Or no shoulder rest at all? Finding the right setup can feel like a bewildering process of blind trial and error. But as Claire Stefani explains in this month's conversation, there are fundamental biomechanics principles involved that can guide your search for the optima ...…
Research suggests that positive "trigger words" can help you get into character more effectively, and facilitate more expressive performances. How to Use Positive “Trigger Words” for More Expressive Performances
Need to get a new piece learned faster? Here's a study which suggests we might be able to give ourselves a head start by gesturing while watching a video (like air guitar). The “Gesturing Effect": A Way to Learn New Skills More Quickly?
I once read a claim that 90% of the things we worry about never come true. But is this true? Or is it one of those made-up stats like how 73.6% of all statistics are made up? How Many of Our Worries Actually Come True?
Boston Symphony Principal Cello Blaise Déjardin shares insights on how he practices for consistently beautiful performances, and what he did to get into a good headspace on the day of his audition. Blaise Déjardin: On Emotion, Technique, and the Kind of Practice That Facilitates Consistently Beautiful Performances…
Emerging research suggests that our "stress mindset" influences our physical, mental, and emotional response to stress - and whether it has a positive or negative effect. Your “Stress Mindset,” and How This Could Make Stress Work For or Against You
Have you ever wished there were a way to make performance days feel more like normal days and not have to deal with the butterflies? Well, research suggests that you may want to rethink this particular wish! Why Day-of-Performance Butterflies May Actually Be a Good Thing
Turns out mental imagery has a much bigger effect on learning and performance if you are good at imagery. So what are your options if imagery is something that you struggle with? "Action Observation," And How to Get More out of Your Mental Imagery Practice
Hear LA Phil Principal Trumpet Tom Hooten describe the uncommon mindset and approach to learning that has helped him become the player he is today. Tom Hooten: On Being Curious, and Elevating Learning and Growth Above Ego
Are you a "night owl" that struggles with sluggishness in morning rehearsals or practice sessions? A recent study suggests that you can actually become more of a morning person and be more effective by making a few adjustments to your daily routine. How to "Reset" Your Body Clock and Shift Your Peak Performance Window (& Thrive in AM Rehearsals)…
Have you ever heard of a coffee nap? It's exactly what it sounds like - but is there any research supporting such a thing? Actually, yes! A few studies have looked at whether a coffee nap is better than either one alone. Are Coffee Naps Legit?
Setbacks are inevitable, and there may not be much we can do to prevent them - but we do have control over how we respond. A recent study illustrates how formerly excessively self-critical athletes have adopted a more self-compassionate mindset in how they approach practice and competition. The Role of Self-Compassion in Overcoming Setbacks and ...…
Ever get paralyzed and indecisive when faced with a choice between two things that are either similar, or have competing pros and cons? Research suggests that a "random" decision aid can help accelerate the decision-making process at times like these. Conflicted Between Two Different Choices? Here’s a “Random” Way to Accelerate the Decision-Mak ...…
Cellist and Feldenkrais practitioner Uri Vardi explains what Feldenkrais is (and isn't) and shares some examples of how this body awareness modality can help musicians play more efficiently and effectively. Uri Vardi: On the Way Unconscious Habits Shape Our Playing, and How Feldenkrais Can Help Us Unlock More of Our Potential…
A 2017 study found that "self-monitoring" was a significant predictor of whether athletes were competing at an elite, less-elite, or recreational level. So what is self-monitoring exactly, and how does it affect learning? Self-Monitoring, and How “Happy Face” May Have Been a More Potent Practice Strategy than I Realized……
Research suggests that not all practice strategies are equally effective. So between blocked, random, and win-shift/lose-stay practice, which one is best? And just what do these strategies look like anyway?
A recent study suggests that there is a simple self-talk hack that could make it even more effective in enhancing performance. A Way to Amplify (or Weaken) the Effect of Self-Talk on Performance
Renowned pianist Menahem Pressler speaks about the importance of finding your own voice, and shares many profound insights about the pursuit of a career in music, and what he has found most rewarding about his own journey. Menahem Pressler: On Following Your Heart
We often hear that positive thinking, and envisioning the future we want is an important step in getting there - but research suggests that the best performers include another key ingredient that is an essential part of the equation. A Goal-Setting Tweak That Could Be the Difference Between an OK Performance and a Great Performance?…
Struggling to nail a tricky shift or hit a difficult high note? Believe it or not, research suggests that instead of trying to do everything right, it might be worth trying to do everything wrong first. How Exaggerating Technical Errors Could Improve Your Technique
Is banning phones and laptops in class a good idea - or totally unnecessary? A new study provides answers, but it's a little more nuanced than you might think. Should Phones and Laptops Be Banned in the Classroom? Or Is This Just Much Ado about Nothing?
Cellist-turned-entrepreneur Margo Drakos shares some of the key strategies that have been instrumental to her success both in music (Oregon, San Diego, Seattle, Pittsburgh symphonies & American String Quartet) and in the business world (InstantEncore, ArtistYear). Margo Drakos: On Creating a Safety Net and Taking a Chance on Yourself…
A study suggests that we can learn more effectively and build more confidence by learning more about the wrong ways to perform a skill, instead of only learning the correct way to execute a skill. Why Learning the Wrong Way to Play Could Enhance Performance (and Confidence Too)
Rivalries are often thought of as being really competitive, and sometimes unhealthy, but are there situations in which they could be a good thing? The Potential Upside of Having a "Rival"
When you have too much time to wait backstage, it can be easy for your thoughts and emotions to spiral out to the bad place. Learn the specific strategies that athletes use to regulate their emotions and keep their cool. How to Keep Your Cool Backstage Before Auditions and Performances
Ever find yourself stuck in a performance "slump"? Where you struggle through a string of subpar auditions/performances, and can't figure out how to get back on track? Here are 8 strategies that can help right the ship. 8 Strategies for Breaking Out of a Performance Slump
Have you ever felt that the music was "stuck"? Or wondered why your metronome practice wasn't working? Learn how to get unstuck and cultivate a stronger sense of rhythm in this chat with violinist Catherine Cho. Catherine Cho: On Developing Great Rhythm (and Why Old-School Metronomes Are the Way to Go)…
Feeling a little demoralized after a sub-par performance? Here's a research-based post-performance reflection process developed at Florida State University to help you bounce back better, faster, and stronger. The Performance Post-Mortem: A Review Process to Bounce Back Better and Faster
It's common to vary one's speed/tempo when you're doing physical practice. But is there any benefit in doing this when engaged in mental practice? A Visualization Hack to Get More Out of Your Mental Practice
Research suggests that a new mental adjustment and shift in how we view the stakes in stressful performance situations could help us avoid choking under pressure. A Mental Tweak to Reduce the Gap Between Your Best Playing and What Happens Under Pressure
Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim shares insights on his most effective practice techniques, biggest failures (and successes), and more. David Kim: On Letting Go and Being Yourself
Are people who have pictures of family and friends in their case on to something? A study suggets that simply imagining our partner can help us reduce stress as much as having them physically present. A Scientific Rationale for Keeping Photos of Friends and Family in Your Case
Is getting into "the zone" something that just happens randomly? Or do we have more control over this than we realize? New research suggests that we actually do indeed. Get Into "The Zone" More Frequently with This Subtle Mental Adjustment
Pre-performance routines often consist of a number of different elements. But might simply squeezing a ball in your left hand a few times be just as effective? A Comparison of Two Types of Anti-Choking Strategies
What is Alexander Technique, really? Will it help our playing? If so, in what way? How do we know if we need it? Learn more in this chat with Juilliard's Alexander Technique teacher Lori Schiff. Lori Schiff: On How Alexander Technique Can Enhance Learning and Performance Under Pressure
How much wiggle room do we have when it comes to intonation? Do pitch issues affect audience (and other musicians') opinions of the quality of a performance as much as we think they do? How Perfect Does Your Intonation Have to Be?
It's often said that we should focus on "the music" when performing instead of the notes and technique per se. But does this come at a cost to technical accuracy? Does Focusing on Musical Expressiveness in Performance Come at the Expense of Technical Precision?
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