Peak Performance Coach Helps Musicians Enhance Performance
Dr. Diana Allanis a soprano who has appeared in operatic and concert performances throughout the Mid- and Southwest. She has also performed in Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, and Brazil. Dr. Allan has sung such leading operatic roles as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata, Rosalinda in Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus, Despina in Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, Leatitia in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thiefand has extensive oratorio experience. In addition to operatic and oratorio performances, Dr. Allan created the role of Eeba Streeba , a character in the children's television program, Cat Paws in Motion, which has aired on Public Broadcasting Stations throughout the United States.
In addition to her own public performing, Dr. Allan has over 20 years university level teaching experience and currently teaches on the faculty of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Her current research interests include mindfulness, mindful learning, cognitive strategies for performers and incorporating the teaching of those strategies in applied music instruction.
With over two decades of teaching experience Dr. Allan has worked with performers of all ages and all performance levels who have achieved great success, however, many have struggled with performance issues such as confidence, trust, limiting beliefs, focus, motivation, fear and anxiety. In her experience, it became increasingly apparent that technical practice was not the only kind of skill development that was necessary for all performers to enjoy strong and successful performances. The development of effective mental skills was an area that musicians did not really pay much attention to. This motivated Dr. Allan to study counseling, cognitive-behavioral strategies, sport psychology, and to eventually become a certified Mental Game Coaching Professional (MGCP) . Using her MGCP training, Dr. Allan , Peak Performance Coach, works with musicians to help them identify and assess their performance strengths and challenges, to formulate customized mental game plans, and to learn and improve effective mental skills that can lead to peak performances.
"Whether you think you can or can't, you're right." -Henry Ford
"Corraggio" -Maria Callas
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle
"The artist must forget the audience, forget the critics, forget the technique, forget everything but love for the music." -Mstislav Rostropovich
"I am an artist...I am here to live out loud." -Emile Zola
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." -Pablo Picasso
"A problem is a chance for you to do your best." -Duke Ellington
"Perfection itself is imperfection." -Vladimir Horowitz
If you are a performer who is struggling with performance anxiety, unable to perform as well as you practice, or would like to take your performing to the next level, check out the articles on Dr. Allan's website:
Here you will find articles that deal with peak performance issues and challenges. After reading these articles you may be interested in talking with Dr. Allan about beginning a program of peak performance coaching. Peak Performance Coaching is not counseling or therapy. Coaching is discovering your current strengths and challenges and devising a workable plan to help you learn the mental skills to get you feeling, acting, and performing with confidence and joy.
Check it out! There's no time like the present to take your performing to the next level.