Periodization Theory and Peak Performance Exemplified Through Extended Techniques
IX. In Conclusion
New music is a special place. We’re deﬁning it as we go. We get our creative juices ﬂowing. We are energized with new thoughts. Paradigm shifts in performance and pedagogical approach make us more complete musicians. The more approaches we have, the more depth we create and the more autonomous we become. In the suffering arts climate, these are invaluable skills. Periodization does not need to takeover pedagogy as we know it, but its ex- ample can serve as an agent for increasing pedagogical depth. I’ve taken a few words: conscious, body-conscious, depth, strength, stamina, mind-set, and given them structure. The ﬁre and commitment of top athletes is something I’ve wanted to under- stand more deeply. I was inspired through my knowledge of periodization training and peak performance. The concept of periodization involves pre- paring the body in ways that musicians traditionally neglect. The concept of tapering work before a performance is something novel to many of us. Stamina building has been only guessed at to this point. The solutions here are solid as they are based on a tried and proven theory in sport science. In- troducing these concepts gives us clear ways to physically prepare without adding to our stress levels. Periodization seeks to minimize injury and allow the body to peak at the right moments. The theory, when well applied, will lessen worry about preparedness and allow for more creativity and enjoy- ment during performances. I’ve talked about developments in technology that change the game for...
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