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articulation is a blog about music and related topics.

"In both my performing and teaching I have found that preparing for a performance involves more than practicing the trumpet. There are a myriad of methods and concepts surrounding performance anxiety, many of them stemming from work in the field of sports psychology.

Over the last decade there have been major strides in neuroscience, leading to a better understanding of how the mind/body functions in pressure situations.

My recent research attempts to combine the most useful aspects of neuroscience and psychology with the deep knowledge of the professional music world - creating a synthesis of sorts that will be useful not only to musicians but anyone who wishes to perform better under pressure.

In my speaking, workshops and especially my continued teaching and coaching I hope to help people learn how to 'prepare, master and perform' whatever skills they need to be successful - on stage and in life"

---Don Sipe

Don Sipe is a professional musician, educator and entrepreneur.

As a trumpeter, he is a member of the Present Music, the Milwaukee Brass Quintet, and Stained Glass Brass. He teaches and coaches at Carroll University, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony, and through the Milwaukee Symphony's ACE program.

He founded Omicron Artist Management, Inc., a music management company. He also co-founded Innovation Artistry, a consulting company that helps organizations with People Performance; including leadership and teamwork skills and non-habitual thinking.
The "Presence Under Pressure" website is up. It is aimed at business professionals seeking to improve their speaking, presentation and communication skills.

For musicians, I have an outline on this site of my
Presence Under Pressure for Musicians: An Music Performance Anxiety Workshop.
"Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education and children should be taught music before all else"
- PLATO 352 BC

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