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We all want to get the most of of our golf practice sessions but do we really practice most effectively and the most efficiently? Our guest, Noa Kageyama, main area of expertise is music but his world-class focus on performance excellence is applicable to any discipline.
Noa Kageyama has been involved with music as long as he can remember. In kindergarten, he gave his first performance with an orchestra as a student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan, and shortly thereafter, made his TV debut on WBNS-TV’s Front Page Saturday Night.
From an early age, he practiced every day, 365 days a year. The work did pay off, garnering opportunities to perform as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Welsh Hills Symphony, and Oberlin Orchestra.
A fellowship to the Aspen Music Festival allowed me to play alongside world-famous conductors, emerging concert artists, and future orchestra members and principals.
Like many musicians, he just assumed that he needed to practice more. He figured the nerves would fade away at some point. Neither was true; sometimes he’d sound great, sometimes just mediocre. He just couldn’t figure out how to control it.
In his second year at Juilliard, he signed up for a course titled “Performance Enhancement for Musicians” taught by Dr. Don Greene. It sounded interesting, although he was pretty skeptical that an Olympic sport psychologist and former green beret could tell me anything about being a concert artist. To his surprise, what he learned that semester changed not only how he performed, but how he felt about performing. My whole approach shifted. Even my practice habits changed dramatically.
Sport psychology opened up a whole new world of skills to learn, skills that he knew would help him become a more complete musician and performer, but to which he had never been exposed. After finishing up his masters at Juilliard, he went to Indiana University to pursue a doctorate in psychology. He was determined to learn the secrets of peak performance and find answers to questions like “Why do some people thrive under pressure while others choke?”
Noa is currently on the faculty of The Juilliard School in NYC and the New World Symphony in Miami, FL where he helps talented musicians prepare for orchestra job auditions. He also speaks and conducts workshops and “webinars” on performance enhancement and overcoming performance anxiety, and have done so for institutions including the New England Conservatory, Peabody, Indiana University, Northwestern University, and the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music.
What You Will Learn
- Do we really need to improve our golf practice?
- Why it makes sense to work on your “What I do the worst” list first
- Why repetition in practice most of the time does NOT work
- How and why you need to plan your practice sessions
- Why going way slower and stopping between repetitions is much more beneficial
- Why it’s in your best interest to keep a golf practice journal/notebook
- Long session practice versus interval spacing practice
- The difference between performance and practice and how to take advantage of each
- The surprising effect of variable and random practice
- How “Getting-in-the-groove” at the golf range might be one of the worst things for your game
- and much, much more
Links and Resources Mentioned
Don Greene – Performance Coach
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