Magazine article American Music Teacher

The Little Girl in the Yellow Dress: A Musical Memoir Digging for the Roots of Performance Anxiety

Magazine article American Music Teacher

The Little Girl in the Yellow Dress: A Musical Memoir Digging for the Roots of Performance Anxiety

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The Little Girl in the Yellow Dress: A Musical Memoir Digging for the Roots of Performance Anxiety, by Nancy Kaesler. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. www.amazon.com; 122 pp., $15.00.

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Do you remember your first piano recital? Nancy Kaesler not only remembers her first recital, she even found her original program from that event! But this book is much more than the story of what happens to that Little Girl in the Yellow Dress, A Musical Memoir Digging for the Roots of Performance Anxiety. It is a highly researched book that involves the reader immediately in the storyline while "digging into the roots of performance anxiety."

Nancy Kaesler, NCTM, an independent piano teacher for more than 45 years, holds degrees in piano pedagogy and performance, as well as English. Through her exceptional command of language, the reader is transported immediately to the recital location and the recital itself, which opens her autobiographical story. The poetry of her writing, picturesque in detail, commands the reader's attention until the end. Interspersed throughout the book are the astute observations and discussions of the causes of performance anxiety, strategies to deal with (not necessarily cure) anxiety, child development, learning styles, development of 21st-century piano pedagogy, teaching techniques, art of practicing and so much more. The book is a synthesis of thought today on music, music study and the place of music in our culture today. …

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