Get Fearless

I ran across this website by horn professor/performer Jeff Nelson.  Mr. Nelson was a member of the Canadian Brass, and is currently on the faculty at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  He has some very interesting concepts on overcoming fear in performance situations.  Explore his excellent website, and enjoy.

Jeff Nelson – Get Fearless

Here’s another link to Jeff Nelson’s articles

He links great performance to striving to concentrate on what you want, instead of what you don’t want.  How many times as instructors and judges do we dwell on errors, instead of asking the students and instructors for the desired behavior or skill?

He also makes the correlation between great performance and magic.

About Dale White

His pageantry career began as a baton twirler under the tutelage of Fred Miller, director of the famed Miller’s Blackhawks. Mr. White won numerous State and National championships as a competitive baton twirler. His teaching career in the sport of baton twirling has spanned some 30 years, producing a multitude of National and World champions. In addition, his membership with the United States Twirling Association, as well as the World Baton Twirling Federation, has taken him to some 15 countries instructing and judging. Currently, he serves as USA Judges Rep for the World Baton Twirling Federation and is contributing to the development of the new judging system. As an adjudicator, Dale is currently on the roster of Winter Guard International as well as the Ohio Music Educators Association. His focused area of adjudication is General Effect, Color Guard, and Visual captions where he has over 20 years of experience. In the 2009 season of WGI, he served as Chief Judge Administrator. In addition, Mr. White mentors young judges.