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The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness


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In The Musician's Way, veteran performer and educator Gerald Klickstein combines the latest research with his 30 years of professional experience to provide aspiring musicians with a roadmap to artistic excellence. Part I, Artful Practice, describes strategies to interpret and memorize compositions, fuel motivation, collaborate, and more. Part II, Fearless Performance, lifts the lid on the hidden causes of nervousness and shows how musicians can become confident performers. Part III, Lifelong Creativity, surveys tactics to prevent music-related injuries and equips musicians to tap their own innate creativity. Written in a conversational style, The Musician's Way presents an inclusive system for all instrumentalists and vocalists to advance their musical abilities and succeed as performing artists.

About the Author

Gerald Klickstein is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a renowned classical guitarist. He performs and teaches throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Table of Contents


Part I: Artful Practice

1. Getting Organized

Artful Practice

Defining Practice

Creating a Practice Environment

The Five Practice Zones

Planning Your Practice

Scheduling Practice Sessions

Choosing New Material


2. Practicing Deeply, I

Practicing Deeply

Habits of Excellence

Essentials of Artistic Interpretation

Mental Imaging

Warming Up

3. Practicing Deeply, II

The Craftsmanship of Practice

Starting New Material

Managing Repetition

Solving Problems

4. Practicing Deeply, III

Ripening Your Repertoire

Taking Breaks

Memorization Concepts

Memorization Strategies

5. Practicing Deeply, IV

Building Technique

Upgrading Musicianship

Fueling Motivation

Committing to the Creative Process

6. Musical Collaboration

Musical Collaboration


Interacting in Rehearsal

Correlating Solitary and Group Practice

Igniting Synergy

Forming a Musical Group

Part II: Fearless Performance

7. Unmasking Performance Anxiety

Fearless Performance

Unmasking Performance Anxiety

The Basic Anxiety Equation

Anxiety's Effects

The Roots of Performance Anxiety

Portraits of Anxious Performers

Crafting Confidence

8. Becoming a Performing Artist, I

Becoming a Performing Artist

The Heart of Performance

The Five Facets of Preparation

Preperformance Routines

Backstage Techniques

9. Becoming a Performing Artist, II

Stage Deportment

Shaping Your Stage Presence

Starting and Ending

Harnessing On-Stage Energy

Connecting with an Audience

10. Becoming a Performing Artist, III

Dealing with Errors

Postperformance Routines

Practicing Performance

Evaluating Your Progress

11. Performing like a Pro

Performing like a Pro

The Peak-Performance Myth

Designing Concert Programs

Three Model Programs

Creating a Preparation Timeline

Auditions and Competitions

The Recording Studio

Part III: Lifelong Creativity

12. Injury Prevention, I

Lifelong Creativity

Musicians and Injuries

Causes of Injury

Warning Signs and Responses

Injury-Prevention Basics

Recovering from Injury

13. Injury Prevention, II

Balanced Sitting and Standing

Meeting Your Instrument

Voice Care

Hearing Conservation

14. Succeeding as a Student

Succeeding as a Student

Student-Teacher Dynamics

Appreciating Criticism

Embracing Career Challenges

Counteracting Substance Abuse

Boosting Creativity


Selected Bibliography


Product Details

Klickstein, Gerald
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Gerald
Music -- Performance.
Practicing (Music)
Instruction & Study - Techniques
Instruction & Study - Theory
Instruction & Study
Music | Performance Studies, Applied Music
MUSIC / Reference
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