Workshop: Playing Your Best When It Counts

WHEN: Friday March 10th, 10:00 AM

WHERE: 4640 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

In today’s high-pressure performance environments, a thoughtful and integrated approach to developing psychological performance skills is necessary. To play our best when it counts, you must simultaneously walk two parallel paths, one path for the development and refinement of your technical skills, and the second path for the development and refinement of your mental skills. This presentation is designed to help better understand your mental performance skills, teach you how to practice them, and help you execute them during performance.  You will learn how to change self-limiting beliefs and attitudes, trust during performance what you are trained in practice, develop positive performance mindset, build confidence in yourself as a musician and achieve the performance future of your choice. This presentation is based on the research of Dr. Bill Moore, an internationally recognized performance psychology consultant.

Kenneth Christensen, nationally certified teacher of music and pianist, has appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist throughout his home state of Montana as well as the United States, Europe and Asia. His international performances include collaboration with composers and conductors John Rutter and the late Sir Richard Wilcox in performances at Kings College Chapel Cambridge, England and London’s Royal Albert Hall. Other international appearances include performances at the First American Invitational Music Festival in China and the Philippines and the Montana State University 2012 Alumni Chorale Tour of Italy, Switzerland and France. His academic achievements include receiving the prestigious “Award in Excellence in Teaching” while serving on the faculty at the School of Music at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Christensen served as President for the Music Teachers National Association from 2013 to 2015 and received a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow in the spring of 2017.  Currently Mr. Christensen continues to remain active as a performer and independent teacher of piano where his students continue to win state and regional competitions. In 2014 Mr. Christensen was awarded the Montana State Music Teachers Association “Teacher of the Year.” As a member of Music Teachers National Association Mr. Christensen travels the Pacific Northwest judging piano competitions as well as presenting workshops and master classes for students and teachers. In the fall of 1997 Mr. Christensen collaborated with pianist Liza Hella to form their piano duo “2 Pianos 4 Hand.” Together they concertized throughout the United States and performed their New York recital debut in April of 2006 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In early 2008 “2 Pianos 4 Hands” appeared on the Emmy Award winning Montana PBS television program “11th and Grant” with Eric Funk. Mr. Christensen earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Montana State University and completed the Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Montana where he studied piano with Dennis Alexander.