Mindfulness in the Practice Room

Julie F. Troum, Ph.D.

Do you exercise mindfulness in the practice room? Brown & Ryan (2003) extolled the value sustained consciousness in the present moment, called mindfulness. Self-monitoring, such as self-reflection, requires the musician to react and respond during the practice experience (McPherson & Zimmerman, 2002; Zimmerman, 1998).

Mindfulness is achieved by being:

  • self-reflecting (evaluative review)
  • internally aware
  • highly attentive
  • openly receptive from moment-to-moment

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