Vanessa Jump Nelson

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Teaching Philosophy

Every student is important, bringing to their singing their own life's experiences, their own brand of sensitivity, and their own individual expression, all of which should never be discounted.  The voice reflects the innermost part of the soul, and though "the show must go on," a student who has had a rough day is not going to sing from the same part of their psyche as one who has just won the lottery.  (I actually had an adult student who won a pub in Ireland through a Guinness competition, pouring the perfect beer, throwing darts, and composing an essay about being a publican.  She made it through the various rounds, semi-finals, finals, won, and went there to live and run the pub!) 

I believe one must not only encourage the student's strengths, alleviate the student's weaknesses, but also respond with sensitivity to different personalities, capitalizing on each person's experiences to locate metaphors as vehicles with which to teach.  The goal is to help them bring their own unique passion to their performances. 

Recommended Reading for Understanding Performance Anxiety

A Soprano on Her Head (Right-side-up reflections on life and other performances) - by Eloise Ristad, copyright (c) 1982 by Eloise Ristad, Real People Press, Box F Moab, Utah, 84532.

"Harnessing Peformance Anxiety" - article  by Lark Ryan, LCSW, published in series of Oregon Music Teachers Association newsletters, 2003.

The Inner Game of Music - by Barry Green with W. Timothy Gallwey, author of "The Inner Game of Tennis", Doubleday, New York, 1986, c. W. Timothy Gallwey.

The Performer Prepares - by Robert Caldwell, Pst...Inc, P.O. Box 800208C, Dallas, Texas, 1990.

Performance Power (Transforming Stress into Creative Energy) - Dr. Irmtraud Tarr Kruger, English translation by Dr. Edward H. Tarr, (c) by Dieter Breitsohl AG Literarische Agentur Zurich 1993; English edition:  (c) Summit Books, a division of Summit Records, Inc., P.O. Box 26850 Tempe, Arizona 85285-6850.