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Peak Performer's Edge: Integrated Peak Performance      Program Rae Tattenbaum

Jan 27-28, 2-6 PM, 7-9 PM each day.

 

This workshop will introduce to participants a program that was inspired by a young opera student and has been successful in helping vocalists enhance their voice and performance. This is a  five-part program that includes Neurofeedback for physiological balance, open focus exercises, inner journey work, mental rehearsal, and, finally, coaching.

This peak performance-training program has provided participants with techniques and tools that address the mental and physiological issues that interfere with their success. This approach increases stress tolerance and decreases performance anxiety.

Two critical ingredients for peak performance are attention and the ability to regulate one's arousal level. This peak performance program focuses on the performing artist's ability to manage physical, emotional, and cognitive states during learning and performance, and to predictably and consistently enter "the state of flow."

The approach is distinctive because of the integration of several processes that become powerful tools, including a revolutionary new approach called Neurofeedback. The vocalist's established patterns of behavior, attention, awareness, and performance are created and maintained at deep neurophysiological levels. They are related to the effective functioning of the brain as reflected by the brainwaves. These behavior patterns can be modified using Neurofeedback.

Neurofeedback, or EEG Biofeedback, is the process of learning to reinforce optimal brainwave states through the use of advanced computer feedback technology. When the vocalist consistently produce desirable brainwave patterns (those associated with higher levels of attention, focus, or mental relaxation), these patterns are rewarded and reinforced.

When the Neurofeedback is integrated into a program such as the one that will be presented in this workshop the vocalist can train their nervous system to achieve and maintain optimal balance and effectiveness, resulting in peak performance consistently and on demand.
This workshop will address how this program has been utilized for athletes and performers. During the past five years, some 65 vocalists ranging in ability have participated in this training program. Preliminarily, the program participants have shown an improvement in flexibility of attention, self-confidence, ability to enter "state of flow", and control over physiological responses.


A licensed clinical Social worker and pioneer in using Neurofeedback for enhancing performance, Rae Tattenbaum is featured prominently in Jim Robbin's May 2000 book, A Symphony in the Brain: The Evolution of the New Biofeedback. For over 30 years, Rae has worked in fields related to peak performance, coaching students and actors, business people, golfers, and opera singers to achieve and maintain a heightened level of effectiveness, clarity and ease.

Purpose:
This program will systematically evaluate the impact of Inner Act's five phase program on the voice and performance. A preliminary review of past experiences indicates that participants will develop a process to maintain a healthier voice and a performance strategy that allows for an ease of production. This is five-part program that includes Neurofeedback for physiological balance, open focus exercises, inner journey work, mental rehearsal, and, finally, coaching.

Background:
This peak performance training program has, according to case-based testimony, enhanced abilities and dissolved barriers to performance.  It has provided participants with techniques and tools that address the mental and physiological issues that interfere with their success. This approach increases stress tolerance and decreases performance anxiety.

The program teaches the aspiring artist a set of techniques. Two critical ingredients for peak performance are attention and the ability to regulate one's arousal level. This peak performance program focuses on the performing artist's ability to manage physical, emotional, and cognitive states during learning and performance, and to predictably and consistently enter "the state of flow."

A successful pilot case study of the program was conducted in summer 2001 in conjunction with the Intermezzo Institute, the newly formed Connecticut based conservatory.  To measure the impact of Inner Act's peak performance program on the performer's voice and artistry, digital recordings were made of participants' voices before and after participation in the program.  In addition, an acoustical evaluation was performed on excerpts from these digital recordings.  Advanced Brain Technologies, LLC completed the Digital Spectral Voice Analysis on the voice samples provided for two of the subjects who participated in the program at Intermezzo.   According to the Digital Spectral Voice Analysis:
The first subject demonstrated a more focused and controlled voice production technique after participation in the program. 
The second subject performed a piece that did not lend itself to testing.  Though improvements were noticed, the piece made it impossible to accurately measure the level of improvement. 
The control group did not show any improvement, and in some instances the initial recording was better than the post recording.

The Goal:
The goal of this study is to show the efficacy of Inner Act's five-phase peak performance program in improving the singers':
flexibility of attention
control over physiological responses
self confidence
ability to enter "state of flow"
ease of vocal production
improved resonance and tone

Objectives:
1. Familiarize the participants with the research in peak performance
2. Identify a model for practitioners that integrates biofeedback into an performance program
3.Teach the significance of self regulation to the
characteristics of the state of flow .
4.Identify an Assessment Process
5. Identify emotional and attentional factors that inhibit performance
6.Familiarize participants with teaching the client the concept
of physiological control specifically using temperature-training techniques.
7.Identify the significance of EEG Biofeedback in achieving
consistent optimal performance as well as initial cortical training
protocols for using EEG Biofeedback.
8.Teach the importance of the client learning a tool for
physiological balance specifically Open Focus.
9.Identify the role of beliefs and shadows in inhibiting performance
and teach intervention of inner journeywork.
10.Teach the role of mental imagery and techniques for visualization
as well as building confidence.
11.Identify the role of the therapist as a performance coach.
And the impact of transference in coaching.
12. Identify resources for practitioners including the role
of ongoing supervision.

letters from  clients:

Nothing that I have found in my 30 year career has helped me near as much as my work with Rae Tattenbaum. I have discovered real freedom in performing, and new resonance and power in my singing. Neurofeedback and peak performance training have shown me how to discover and use much more of my talents.
John Cheek, bass-baritone.

 

Dear Rae,

It has been a long and incredible journey working with you. I can only say that is has been a pleasure. From the first day I walked into Suite 300 to the last day I walked out, I have seen myself completely change as a performer. Even better, I find that I have changed as an individual. I think that I have found the inner performer finally coming out of his shell and become a much more honest performer. Coming in to work with you, I had heard only positive comments. I was a bit skeptical at first, but the more I worked with you, the more open I became. You have nurtured my art in a way that no one else has.

After working about three months with you, I had my first performance at my annual school Cabaret. The comments I received after that performance were all positive towards my relaxed comfort and presence on stage, as well as my increased vocal power. It felt so good to see how such a short time did such amazing things. Even my academics were improved! I had taken the SATs previously before I met you and found that it was very difficult to concentrate for such an extended period of time. After working with you, I took them one last time and found that I was able to concentrate better, had less anxiety and frustrations, and much more confident going in and walking out of the test center. My scores even went up! I was much more attentive in my class lectures and much more involved with the class discussions. Being a high school senior, this only helped me get into college. My grades are the highest they have ever been. I finally made the high honor roll!

The best part is that I came to you to prepare for my college auditions and I am CONVINCED that because of my work with you, I was accepted into my top two schools. Both of them were fairly difficult academically as well as artistically to get into. Getting in was such an amazing relief and a wonderful feeling. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the confidence you have given me. I thank you for this ability to open myself up and perform from my heart. I thank you for never giving up on me. I thank you for turning me into the person I have become. You are a truly special woman and I am so blessed to have worked with someone who cares as much as you do.

With much gratitude,

name witheld


 

 
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