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How Meditative Breathing Can Enhance Musical Performance: A Study on the Practical Use of Alternate Nostril Breathing and Deep Breathing
by Trumbore, Rachel, M.M., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 35; 10784364
Abstract (Summary)

This paper will help musicians understand the positive effects of incorporating deep breathing and alternate nostril breathing meditation techniques into their daily practice sessions by corroborating how these techniques enhance both mental focus and physical calm. I will give examples of how I use these techniques in warm-ups, practice sessions, and in the performance of Sonatine pour Trombone et Piano by Jacques Castérède. Additionally, I will provide a brief introductory background to meditation as well as scientific evidence to validate its many benefits for musicians. The ultimate goal of this paper is to equip musicians with specific meditative breathing techniques that when used during daily practice sessions, enhance focus in a way that can be applied to performance situations leading to more intentional performances.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bremer, Carolyn
Commitee: Covington, Kyle, Frear, Robert
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Bob Cole Conservatory of Music
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Psychology, Performing Arts
Keywords: Anxiety, Breathing, Meditation, Music, Performance, Pranayama
Publication Number: 10784364
ISBN: 978-0-438-20902-2
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