“Overcoming Performance Anxiety” Workshop with Robin Spielberg
In advance of her November 12 performance with Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, Steinway artist Robin Spielberg will present a FREE workshop, Overcoming Performance Anxiety, at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 8 at The Center.
This event is recommended for high school students and older. Non-pianists are invited to bring their instruments. Vocalists are welcome to participate!
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
Performance anxiety or stage fright is a common phenomenon experienced by both professional and amateur musicians, athletes, actors and speakers. Often embarrassment prevents performers from discussing the issues underlying their performance anxiety, or the issues may not be understood or even known. While artists spend hours in classrooms and practice rooms honing their craft, this issue is rarely, if ever, addressed in the classroom environment. This not only results in the artist’s suffering before and during a performance, but greatly diminishes the artist’s opportunity to give his or her best performance.
A founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company, Spielberg incorporates techniques she learned and mastered under the direction of David Mamet, William H. Macy and fellow founding members ATC that greatly diminish, and in some cases, completely eliminate performance anxieties experienced by both students and professionals.
After identifying the underlying issues that create the physical, emotional and mental symptoms associated with P.A., Robin works with each individual, working to gradually take the artist’s/performer’s attention off him or herself, and on to the task at hand: the music. This three-step technique involves 1) music analysis, 2) musical intention, and 3) a creative approach utilizing the performer’s life experience to execute music with truthfulness. The result is an uninhibited, relaxed performance that keeps the artist focused, calm, and ultimately, anxiety free. Music begins to flow and better musical expression is achieved.