GROW IN FLOW prOgram
STAGE FRIGHT PREVENTION & PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM
For Universities, Colleges, Schools, and Nonprofits.
designed for your students
"Grow in Flow" is a unique music performance enhancement program designed to help musicians and other performers of all levels deal with performance anxiety and reach their maximum potential on stage. The program uses emotional intelligence skills and proven training techniques used in Sport Psychology, Performance Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to help musicians develop mental skills necessary for optimal and enjoyable public performance.
“Grow in Flow” addresses causes of performance anxiety, identifies problem areas, and devises action plans for improvement. It also teaches how to find optimal conditions to get into the state of flow – the most desirable mental state for peak performance. The skills taught in the program can be applied to many contexts of music performance, including everyday practice as well as competitions, auditions, and other public performances.
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WHAT STUDENTS & Educators say
WHy this Program?
50% of musicians suffer from stage fright
at some point in their careers
For many musicians and other performers, performing in front of an audience is a nerve-wracking experience. Research shows that around 50 percent of musicians suffer from stage fright at some point in their careers even if they don't experience it as students. According to different statistics, between 20 and 70 percent of musicians admit that music performance anxiety symptoms are severe enough to have a negative impact on their performance. Actually, Stage fright is a normal phenomenon that occurs in most people, yet, it is still a taboo among musicians and no one wants to step forward and publicly admit having it.
Musicians often don't know
how to handle stress in healthy ways
Many musicians suffer from stage fright, but they don't admit it for fear that they will be perceived as unprofessional. Some of them try to deal with their anxiety by themselves and they turn to beta-blockers, alcohol, or other substances to combat their fears. Many artists are highly sensitive and emotionally vulnerable people and as such are a risk group that should be educated about their mental and physical well-being. They should learn about the different psychological mechanisms they may encounter (e.g. fight or flight response, or post-performance depression), as well as learn the tools and skills of coping with anxiety, preventing stage fright, and improving well-being.
Learning emotional intelligence skills
means better academic performance
Research shows that students participating in programs teaching emotional intelligence skills similar to Grow in Flow, perform better academically, and are typically more successful in their professional career than those who don't. Academic performance appears to be facilitated by the ability to deal with challenges, managing negative emotions and behaviors in response to them, by being able to set personal goals and being self-motivated to accomplish them.
Most schools don't offer a systematic
learning approach to address stage fright
and other Mental obstacles to a successful
There are widely used and highly efficient Sport Psychology programs focusing on helping athletes reach their goals and cope with the anxiety that can impede performance in many situations. Unfortunately, there are just a few such programs in music education. Musicians and other performers should have the same chances as athletes to realize their potential and learn mental skills to increase their chances of achieving peak performance and a successful career.
High school and college years are
the best time to teach life skills (15-25 years old)
Acquiring knowledge and earning a degree is certainly the main goal of education, providing students the qualifications they need to advance their careers. But college is not just about acquiring knowledge. It's about learning life skills that may be used for years to come. For example, dealing with stress and managing negative emotions are the skills needed not only for stage performance but also for your whole life. If we teach young people to keep perspective, deal with criticism, and any form of external or internal pressure, we'll certainly increase their chances of a fulfilled and successful professional life in the long run.
Let us know how we can help
Thank you for considering to offer the Grow in Flow course to your students. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns, we'll be happy to answer them and help your students reach their potential in any way possible.
Please, contact us to inquire about multi-user licenses for your organizations.
We work with Universities, colleges, schools, private companies, and nonprofits.
We also offer individually customized Grow in Flow courses for small and large groups of students.
ABOUT The founder
Justyna Ponulak, MA.
Grow in Flow Program Founder & Music Performance Coach
Justyna is a passionate and highly skilled music educator, who specializes in an area of performance anxiety, peak performance, and the state of flow.
Her Master Thesis and work towards Ph.D. in Music Psychology ultimately became the foundation for the “Grow In Flow” program, which continues to help musicians understand the science behind performance anxiety, and reach their maximum potential in life and on stage.