Reviews

A must-have for music students and professional musicians alike, this book has been impressively researched and written with genuine care and consideration for the reader. Liertz has managed to draw together a wealth of information from many different sources to aid the musician’s well being. One can sense Carmel Liertz’s experience as performer and teacher throughout, as well as her generosity of spirit. The subject of performance confidence is an important and timely one, as musicians have to adapt more then ever before to different performing contexts and increased competition and travel. This book is an invaluable resource with much useful advice regarding practical strategies, mental and physical, as well as nutritional suggestions for attaining optimal performance. It takes a holistic view and multi-disciplinary approach that is both appropriate and vital for today’s performers. An excellent read.

Marie Vassiliou, lyric soprano and voice teacher at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK. www.marievassiliou.com

Carmel Liertz’s book, ‘Performance Confidence: A Training Program for Musicians: Mind-Body Awareness, the 21st Century Approach to Performance Confidence’, epitomises the holistic approach for the mind, body and soul in regard to nurturing the performance development of musicians. The book is based on sports psychology that systemically transfers in a cross-domain approach to music. With her background in music performance, education and research, Carmel Liertz has created an integrative strategies program for performance confidence, which demonstrates that nurturing the mind-body with appropriate nutrition before performing, exercising to strengthen mental and physical agility, as well as using psychological strategies to enhance musical performance can provide a positive skillset for managing practice and performance effectively. The book presents a truthful, sensible and modern approach to successful performing.  I also endorse this book as a pre-requisite for senior high school music students who will perform for their Higher School Certificate and early tertiary music students at university. Every music library should have a copy.

Dr Sylvana Augustyniak, Music Researcher, academic writer, journalist, musician and educator, Sydney 

I was introduced to Carmel Liertz’s ‘Performance Confidence’ after a music teachers’ meeting where the issue of nerves and performance preparation was brought up in the conversation. This book is suited for musicians, music students, performing artists of all ages and is geared towards building performance confidence. I have used the various training methods and techniques of the book to great success, not only in my teaching but also in my own performances.

Yiannis Christophides, London, concert violinist, violin tutor, secondary school music and music technology teacher www.yiannischristophides.com

In ‘Performance Confidence’, Carmel Liertz writes not only from personal experience but also from a thorough study of the science involved, and has finally done what should have been done a long time ago – i.e. used knowledge garnered by sports medicine practitioners and then built upon that knowledge. It is gratifying that this field has been finally looked at as a scientific problem as well as a psychological one.  I am certain that Carmel Liertz’s book, ‘Performance Confidence’ will become compulsory reading for student and teacher musicians in the search to solve the complex problem of the physiology/psychology of performance stresses and preparation.

Prof Larry Sitsky, Australian composer, pianist, musicologist, music educator                                                                                  Complete Works of Larry Sitsky

‘Performance Confidence: A Training Program for Musicians’ is a very important addition to the musician’s library for many reasons:

• The book’s generous assemblage of practical strategies to boost confidence and success allows an individual  to survey and choose from a range of strategies the precise elements most suited to them. In many cases individuals will encounter for the first time sensible approaches that had not occurred to them or had not been offered to them.
• The program’s holistic approach recognises the relevance to performance success of many extramusical factors.
• The encouragement that we may take a long view when meaning to work on our confidence – good results may be weeks or months in the making, and years in the maintaining.
Finally, I welcome the tools that have been offered for self-empowerment. What a gift to those who are inclined to look to themselves to make an effort, rather than to hope that their growth always can be gifted to them by others.

David Pereira, ‘cellist, recording artist, music educator, author  www.davidpereira.com.au

I think your ‘Performance Confidence’ book contains skills a lot of musicians don’t know, but which are actually very important for them to understand.

Alicia Limasa, audio engineer, music educator in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Carmel Liertz provides a wealth of vital information regarding the emotional and physical health of musicians in her book ‘Performance Confidence’. As a singer who has personally dealt with the difficulties of stage anxiety, I found ‘Performance Confidence’ both comforting and inspiring. Carmel provides practical and well-researched methods regarding performance visualisation and self-empowerment, which is invaluable to a singer, whose instrument is entirely affected by emotional responses in their body. This publication must be read by musicians and teachers alike, as it stands alone within the existing literature on musical performance.

Holly Joseph, professional singer B.Mus.Hons, M.Mus.Perf   www.aminornote.com

Carmel Liertz is to be congratulated on her book, ‘Performance Confidence’, which is an excellent publication with solid substance. There really is no other book for musicians providing the information covered here.

Carol Brandman, music education specialist, Engadine Music Education Centre, Sydney   www.engadinemusic.com.au