A must-read

Every Sunday, I get an email from Dr. Noa Kageyama, updating information on the blog “The Bulletproof Musician.”

Today’s entry really struck a nerve.


I’ve been working with students for more than 25 years now, and one of the things I always try to teach is how to enter stage.  My usual refrain is “We start making decisions about how well you perform when we first see you.”

Smile.  Walk with briskness and purpose.  Make eye contact.  Bow.  Look comfortable, even if you aren’t.  — These are all standard words of advice.

Dr. Kageyama has just seconded my reminders, and backed them up with research.


About Jeffrey Carter

University administrator, voice teacher, choral director, professor, singer, professional theatre music director, brother, son, uncle, Anglican, Scotch drinker, chef of moderate talent, NPR fanatic, gin aficionado, proponent of the music of Herbert Howells and Elgar and Vaughan Williams, pianist, composer, theatre geek, dog love & cat hater, author & blogger, world traveler, church organist, Anglophile.

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