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Understanding Music Performance Anxiety with Teresa Shaw - 26th August 2020, 10am to 3pm (UK time)

Course Details

This module aims to look at the phenomenon of Music Performance Anxiety (MPA) with specific relevance to the voice and voice teaching.

  1. Introduction and overview
  2. What is Music Performance Anxiety?
  • Definitions – General Anxiety Disorder/MPA
  • Symptoms – Cognitive
  • Symptoms – Physiological
  1. Why do we get Performance Anxiety?
  • Risk Factors
  • Anxiety Disorders
  1. Measuring and detecting Performance Anxiety
  • Measurement tools
  • What to look for in your students/clients
  1. Current research
  • Prevalence in professional performers
  • Prevalence in student performers
  1. The role of the Teacher/Coach
  • What treatments and interventions are available?
  1. Acceptance and commitment training – a brief overview
  • ACT – practical tools for education and performance
  1. Next steps

Although this course will have practical elements, this is an academic workshop.

About Teresa

Classically trained at Manchester University and the Royal Academy of Music, and holding a B.Mus, DipRAM, ARAM and an MA in Vocal Pedagogy, Teresa Shaw has performed as an opera soloist nationally and internationally with a range of world class opera companies and orchestras, including The Royal Opera, English National Opera, Opera North, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and has made numerous television appearances, working with directors such as Jonathan Miller, Tony Parsons, Annabel Arden and Lucy Bailey. Teresa has a particular interest in contemporary music and has performed in national, international and world premieres including East and West at the Almeida Festival, The Wildman at Aldeburgh and The Death of Klinghoffer in Lyon. She has appeared with Electric Phoenix and The London Sinfonietta at major venues and made a number of recordings with these ensembles, including ‘Sinfonia’ (Berio), Triptych (Berio) and “Hagoromo” (Jo Kondo).

An astonishingly versatile singer, Teresa has also performed in a variety of roles within musical theatre, including Anita (West Side Story), Nancy (Oliver) and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady). In a more classical vein, she has played both Titania and Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Helen in King Priam and has recorded with highly regarded UK orchestras and professional choirs, such as the Monteverdi Choir (Sorceress) and London Sinfonietta Voices (Grand Pianola Music and Nixon in China).

Teresa has also worked as a voice artist on film soundtracks, including The Lord of the Rings, A Christmas Carol, The Phantom Menace, Kung Fu Panda and The Phantom of the Opera, whilst keen gamers will hear her voice on “Destiny”. Her studio experience encompasses live satellite link up work, recording to film track and live radio broadcast both spoken and sung with a number of radio plays to her credit.

In recent years Teresa has become a passionate and committed educator, teaching and lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her experience in this area of education led to an investigation into the prevalence of  Music Performance Anxiety in the undergraduate population.  She has recently completed a study investigating the efficacy of an ACT based coaching model intervention in order to alleviate MPA in students.  This work, in collaboration with Dr. David Juncos and Debbie Winter is currently under review for publication and it is her intention to continue her research on this topic.

Dates, Times and Fees

Wednesday 26th August, 10am to 3pm (UK time)

This course is free for Voice Workshop's MA students on the MA/PGCert Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy) programme and £50 otherwise.

If you would like to book a place on this course, please use the payment form below or email martina@voiceworkshop.co.uk.

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