Pianist, Pedagogue, Writer, Scholar, Yogi
Author of two books on musician wellness, Dr. Lesley McAllister is a pianist, yoga instructor, and advocate for using yoga, sport psychology research, and mind/body relaxation techniques like imagery to assist musicians of all levels in attaining peak performance. As Professor of Piano at Baylor University, she directs the piano pedagogy program and teaches classes on Performer Wellness. Her book The Balanced Musician: Integrating Mind and Body for Peak Performance was the first textbook intended for musician wellness classes.
Her newly released book from Oxford Press, Yoga in the Music Studio, describes how music teachers can use yoga with students at all ages and levels, including preschool students in early childhood music classes, adolescents who are beginning to experience performance anxiety, and seniors in Recreational Music Making, as well as college music majors and professional musicians. The book is filled with sequences and strategies to use immediately before performance and throughout one's life to reduce the impact of stress, anxiety, and fatigue while enhancing performance ability and overall well-being.
Dr. McAllister holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She regularly coaches musicians and gives workshops on mind/body relaxation techniques including imagery, meditation, mental rehearsal, and yoga for musicians.
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Contact Lesley McAllister
Baylor University School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco, TX 76798-7408