Alison Maerker Garner received her B.M. in violin performance from Indiana University where she studied with Josef Gingold, and her M.S. in music education and child development is from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Garner currently teaches and coordinates Studio2—a music program for children offering classes in violin, piano, Dalcroze,...

Alison Maerker Garner received her B.M. in violin performance from Indiana University where she studied with Josef Gingold, and her M.S. in music education and child development is from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Garner currently teaches and coordinates Studio2—a music program for children offering classes in violin, piano, Dalcroze, MusicTime, Musical Minds, and chamber music. Her book, Musical Minds, integrates art, dance, and language elements to teach music to young instrumentalists. Alison actively performs in the La Scala Piano Quintet and as a soloist. She has produced three CDs and has published articles in the Music Educator’s Journal, American String Teacher’s Association Journal, Kodàly Envoy, American Suzuki Journal, and Teaching Music.

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Preparing the mind and body for performance: Conquering stage fright through effective practice

The brain is a complex organ. It controls our systemic functions and sparks our moods, thoughts, and actions.  Physiologically, the brain registers fear differently, depending upon the threat. People suffering from panic attacks or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have a "flight or fight" response, but those grappling with performance anx...
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