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

Join me for a new 1-credit graduate course on Contemplative Practices in Music Education, June 17-21 on the University of St. Thomas campus! 


Click the image for course and registration info.

2019 faculty residency in Turkey

I was so fortunate (and 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!


Hooray! My book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance is now available for pre-order. If you want to save 30%, you can order through OUP (click image) and use discount code AAFLYG6 through June.  :)

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Click here to access my recent webinar, "The Words We Speak: The Power of Language in Nurturing Confident Musicians."

Project for Mindfulness and Contemplation


Stressed?  Explore some anxiety-management meditation podcasts!

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