Musician Health & Wellness Series: Vanessa Cornett

202301apr10:30 am12:00 pmMusician Health & Wellness Series: Vanessa Cornett


(Saturday) 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Humanities Building

455 N. Park Street

Event Details

Free | No ticket required

2441 Mosse Humanities building

Mead Witter School of Music Musician Health & Wellness Series

Vanessa Cornett presents “Mental Skills for Peak Performance”

This session explores the intersection of mindfulness and sport psychology to help musicians cultivate the mental skills necessary to manage performance anxiety and cultivate successful musical experiences. We will discuss practical strategies, mental skills activities and assignments, and other effective tools for creative musicians.


Vanessa Cornett is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis–St. Paul) and author of the book, The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance. Her research focuses on contemplative practices, performance anxiety management, sport psychology, peak performance, and the mental health of musicians.


Other Vanessa Cornett Workshops

Performance Anxiety Management for Musicians
Friday, March 31, 2:30 pm – 4 pm
Room 2441 Humanities
Free | No ticket required

Stage fright is a universal challenge for musicians of all ages. Since the body’s natural stress response cannot distinguish a real threat from an imagined one, most musicians experience pre-performance feelings ranging from mild jitters to overwhelming dread. Join us to discover the roots of stage fright and learn some practical solutions for long-term anxiety management.

Mindfulness for Musicians
Saturday April 1, 8:30 am – 10 am
Room 2441 Humanities
Free | No ticket required

Explore a variety of secular contemplative traditions including meditative centering and mindfulness-in-action. We will consider some theories of attention and myths about mindfulness and engage in contemplative activities that can be applied to music practice, performance, attentional control, and general well-being.


Humanities Building 455 N. Park Street