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MUS 375: The Musician's Toolkit offers a collection of tools to help address Musicians' Performance Anxiety (MPA), enhance performance, 

and help artists enjoy the creative process.

If you are a professional artist, a music student working toward a degree, or an avid amateur, you might find this set of tools helpful. 

The only requirement is a willingness to try new ideas. 

 Join in person or online and let's discuss your specific challenges and needs.

Looking forward to connecting with you!

            COURSE OUTLINE

The course and private sessions offer participants practical tools from eighteen different modules relating directly or indirectly to MPA. Each module provides a method, a philosophy, and a specific set of tools. In addition, each participant is invited to perform several times at specific check-in points to help address their specific needs.

  • #1 Introduction

  • #2 Why: creating your own artist’s mission statement

  • #3 Organization: project management tools, practice lists, etc.

  • #4 Practice: creating your own practice protocol 

  • #5 Emotional Understanding of Music

  • #6 Structural Understanding of Music

  • #7 Building Confidence on Stage

  • #8 The Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

  • #9 The Mental Aspect of MPA

  • #10 The Emotional Aspect of MPA / EFT

  • #11 Parts Work

  • #12 The Physical Aspect of MPA

  • #13 Self Care: sleep, nutrition, exercise, gratitude, and meditation

  • #14 The Ideal versus Perfection

  • #15 Memorization

  • #16 Routines and On Stage 

  • #17 The Space 

  • #18 Forming New Habits

MUS 375:The Musician's ToolKit 

Learn tools to help you perform under pressure and play your best



NICOLE E. KAZMEIRCZAK, VIOLINIST (Music Education, SUNY Fredonia, 2022)  

“Thank you for creating this course. It really has helped me heal so many of my performance wounds that I've never been able to work through in a healthy way. I feel like I've transformed as a performer and musician and even a person this semester because I was able to take this class. It's SO important for all musicians to understand these topics and how they are interwoven into our practices, and how to be a healthy functioning musician. Thank you so much for your time and energy into this course, I will never forget what I've learned, and I can't wait to help my students use these tools when I get further into the teaching field.”


AUDREY POTTER, VIOLINIST (Music Education, SUNY Fredonia, 2022)

"This is the most valuable class I have ever taken. It has marked a turning point in my abilities as a performer and a teacher. Dr. Avni gave me a toolbox for how to become in touch with myself, as well as a safe space to become comfortable with the unknowns and the nerves that are woven into performing. I share what I have learned in this class with all of my students in hopes that they too will be empowered as performers. I would not be the musician I am today without this wonderful experience! "


Eliran Avni

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