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ES049 Growth Mindset for Creatives w/ Petra Raspel

Every Sing

Release Date: 01/10/2019

Tears and Vulnerability with Lisa Horst Clark ES059 show art Tears and Vulnerability with Lisa Horst Clark ES059

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In this episode we begin to look at the pros and cons of vulnerability for the singer/performer and for the audience. Lisa advises us, preach from your scars, not from your wounds.

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Is it possible that society's denial of singing is perhaps based in individual's fears around their own singing! It is easier to act like singing isn't important than to face the fears that most of us have around singing.

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Constanza Roeder came back for a 2nd time to share the incredible value of singing for healing. (hear her full story in Ep. 41)

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During the menopausal transition, which can start ten years before menopause and last for several more years after, there will be times when hormones fluctuate substantially from day to day. The voice, unfortunately, can seem unreliable and unpredictable because of the hormone roller coaster.

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Sing for Life with Jeanne Kelly ES054 show art Sing for Life with Jeanne Kelly ES054

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Jeanne Kelly feels so strongly about her favorite thing to say, "sing for life," that she founded the non-profit Encore Creativity for Older Adults. The main emphasis of the organization is choirs for 55+ year olds from 28 different states. Encore Choirs understand the benefits of singing for each person, and helps seniors sing, through non-auditioned ensembles.

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Singers can't meet. We are in the middle of a pandemic of an airborne virus. But choirs are essential. So how can we keep singing.

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Dr. Lynne Gackle is President of the American Choral Directors Association, author of the book Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice: An Exploration of the Physiological, Psychological, and Musical Developments of Female Students, and Director of choral activities Baylor University.

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According Lynn Helding in her book, The Musician’s Mind, “One of the best techniques shown to sustain motivation and keep attention on track is goal-setting, the conscious act of listing one or several goals that one wishes to reach. On the surface, it can look like giving performances is the main goal of singers. I propose, however, that the performance is way down the list of goals for all singers. There are so many other reasons why a singer sings, and sometimes performing doesn’t even factor in.

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In this episode of Every Sing podcast, Nancy discusses why we sing, the reason that singing is not the same as performing, who singers are, and asks the question, "Why don't we sing more."

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Stephen and Shannon, a married couple living in Seattle, WA, make up Pepper Jill and Jack. But on top of that, they have the Give Back Brass Band, Shannon sings in two other groups, Stephen plays for other groups, teaches at DigiPen, and has independent students and a church choir. 

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Petra is a Vocal Coach, Singing Teacher, Life & Career Coach for Creatives in Glasgow, United Kingdom. she has special expertise in helping (performing) artists and creatives to overcome limiting beliefs and emotional blocks to perform better and without fear.

She has helped hundreds of people to prepare for or sustain a singing career, find personal fulfilment through music and overcome limiting beliefs and performance anxiety.

Our conversation is broken into two parts, first dealing with performance anxiety for the singer, and second, setting oneself up for a growth mindset as a professional. 
 
Petra began in this field by wanting to move the conversation with her students from the pure level of empathy to actually knowing the steps to enable the client or student to come up with their own solutions.
 
Here’s the important points I’ve picked up so far.
 
Performance anxiety may be caused by 
1.a trauma from the past
2.perfectionism, we don’t feel we are enough yet
3.Too much outward focus, not enough inward focus.
 
As a mindset coach, Petra works with people to “get a grip” on their own minds, like 
  • self limiting beliefs
  • not wanting to reveal a weakness
  • comparing themselves too much of others
Becoming aware of where you are on the continuum of a fixed mindset is a good start
 
Petra recommends the Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck - https://amzn.to/2ADUwnY
 
I’d like to talk to you briefly about my book the Teen Girl’s Singing Guide because there is a big section in that book on performance anxiety, written by Dr. Diana Allen, who was a guest of one of the most popular episodes of this podcast, episode ES022. In the book, Diana talks about many similar things to what Petra talks about here. 
 
Diana calls herself a peak performance coach. And Petra calls herself a mindset coach. These two awesome women have in common that they work with creative professionals and amateurs, and specialize in singers. There are many mindset and peak performance coaches who work with athletes, business people, and others, but to have these two women available to us as musicians - that’s a great thing. Both of these people base their careers on helping us achieve our dreams. So we should take advantage of that. 
 
Wherever you are in the world, you can reach out to Petra. The best way to find her is through her website: www.singingsense.com  What you’ll find there is her 3 Step Breakthrough Program for Creatives, her blog, and links to her totally useful social media pages. Facebook: @singingtutor
 
Thank you to Ken Feisel of Ken Feisel design for the fabulous podcast cover art.