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Mindfulness for Performers and Educators

The Federation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Federation Music Adjudicator, Fiona McLean-Buechel, to promote the use of Mindfulness techniques to help minimise performance anxiety and encourage greater participation in our member Festivals.

First presented as part of the Music Education Expo and Musical Theatre and Drama Show 2016 , Fiona’s seminar “Mindfulness for Performers and Educators” aims to give you the tools to address tension and anxiety issues in performance by demonstrating some practical relaxation techniques which help to minimise anxiety and maximise learning and performance potential.

Mindfulness helps us to openly respond to situations rather than reacting “on autopilot” which is particularly useful in our learning and creative environments.

Cultivating mindfulness helps performers to be more self-aware and ultimately to cope better in highly stressful situations such as a performance in front of an audience or for an examination.

Addressing performance anxiety issues early in the artistic development of a child or young person is essential to their creative future. Tension in performance can be caused by many factors which in turn blocks performance potential and the creative process.

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non judgmentally” – Jon Kabat-Zinn

How will mindfulness help me?

  • Improves memory
  • Increases creativity
  • Reduces anxiety, depressive and stress related feelings
  • Helps focus to maximise practice time
  • Allows you to become more observant and see things more clearly
  • Aids you with tools to assist in high pressured situations

For more information Mindfulness Seminar February 2016 Handout Sheet (1)