Conquering Performance Anxiety

Online Course From Juilliard: Psychological Skills of Top Performers

Have you ever wondered why you can play at a pretty high level when you're practicing alone at home, but as soon as you get in front of other people, your hands start shaking, your heart starts racing, and everything begins to fall apart?

It’s not a talent issue. And that rush of adrenaline and the emotional roller coaster you experience before performances are totally normal, too.

Playing optimally under pressure is a unique skill—one that requires specific mental abilities and a few adjustments in your approach to practicing. Elite athletes have been learning these techniques for decades, and increasingly, so have musicians.

If nerves and self-doubt have been recurring obstacles for your playing, this online course will teach you how to develop the psychological skills that will help you more consistently perform your best when it matters most.

What You'll Learn

Over the course of six weeks, you will the gain the courage, confience, and skills to be able to perform more fearlessly.

  • How to play your best from the very first note.

  • The #1 thing top performers do differently in the practice room.

  • How to silence your inner critic for more productive practice.

  • A trick to unlocking a whole new level of playing.

  • A strategy for how to stay in the zone, no matter what.

  • How to overcome mistakes and avoid the downward spiral of doom.

Course Contains

Digital Practice Group Membership

Benefit from the accountability of a vibrant six-week digital practice group, your community of like-minded musicians led by a Juilliard Course Fellow.

Upload weekly videos of your progress to share with your digital practice group peers, and deepen your learning by sharing feedback on their videos.

Accelerate your growth with in-depth feedback each week about your progress from your Juilliard Course Fellow.

6 Printable PDF Action Workbooks

Featuring step-by-step instructions, worksheets, and a weekly practice plan to help you stay on track and master each skill.

12 HD Psychological Skills How-To Videos

Watch Dr. Kageyama work with Juilliard-trained musicians and learn how to put the course’s psychological skills into practice.

6 HD Success Secrets Videos

Discover the most valuable insights Juilliard faculty artists have gained from a lifetime of performing on the world’s biggest stages.

Course Outline & Schedule

This online course is on a flexible weekly schedule, with new materials released each week that you may complete at your own pace before the end of the week. For best results, we recommend setting aside 1-3 hours per week for interacting with course materials.

  • Week of June 26: Beating Anxiety

  • Week of July 3: Practice That Sticks

  • Week of July 10: Building True Confidence

  • Week of July 17: Becoming Fearless

  • Week of July 24: Getting (and Staying) in the Zone

  • Week of July 31: Handling Mistakes Like a Pro


For musicians of all types and abilities. No audition required.

100% Guaranteed

If you are unsatisfied with your results from the course, you may email us within the first 14 days of the course start date and we will offer you a full refund.

Statement of Accomplishment

Those who successfully complete this course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment.




6 weeks, beginning June 26, 2017

This course is not open for enrollment.

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Meet the instructor

Dr. Noa Kageyama

I first picked up the violin at age 2, and spent the next 20-plus years battling performance anxiety and wondering why I couldn’t play on stage like I did in the practice room.

Then, I went to Juilliard and discovered sport psychology, which totally changed my playing and opened my eyes to a whole new world to explore. After graduation, I put my violin down to get a PhD in psychology...and now I spend my days combing through the research on learning and elite performance, so I can help musicians of all levels perform up to their full potential on stage.

If you'd like to become a more confident, skilled, and "bulletproof" musician, I'd love to share with you what I've learned.

Course Details


1-3 hours/week


Performance Skills


Basic - No previous knowledge required



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