Vanessa Cornett
Vanessa Cornett


Dr. Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis - St. Paul.


A performer, educator, author, and performance coach, she enjoys working with musicians and other creative artists who struggle with performance anxiety or who want to develop their mental skills for peak performance experiences.


A licensed hypnotherapist and certified meditation instructor, she offers workshops, masterclasses, and personal coaching sessions.

“It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” – Ella Fitzgerald

Five attitudes of mindfulness




Check out my recent article, "Five Attitudes of Mindfulness

for the Performing Musician" on the OUP Blog!

Riding the Dragon

I had the nicest interview experience this summer with Katherine Oktober Matthews, who curates a blog called Riding the Dragon. She is based in Amsterdam, and she reads, talks, and blogs about the arts and the creative process... really interesting stuff that makes my brain tingle!  Check out her website at

2019 faculty residency in Turkey

I was honored to share some exciting research and practice in contemplative pedagogy and music performance anxiety management with a number of outstanding music students and their professors in Ankara, Aksaray, Diyarbakır, and Antalya this spring.  This residency was generously supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.


Thank you to all the extraordinary musicians I met at Gazi Üniversitesi, Hacettepe Üniversitesi, Dicle Üniversitesi, Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Diyarbakır Fine Arts High School, Ankara Fine Arts High School, and the breathtaking new Ankara Müzik ve Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi!


My book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance is out and about, thanks to the great peeps at Oxford University Press. If you read it, I would love to hear your feedback!  :)

Please join me at Studio Z on Dec. 6 in St. Paul, to hear Dr. Nick Phillips perform a piano recital of new music.  If you're interested in music for social change, check out Nick's #45miniatures project. 

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