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

2019 faculty residency in Turkey

I'm so pleased to be able to share some exciting research and practice in piano pedagogy, group piano teaching, and music performance anxiety management with a number of outstanding music students and their professors in Ankara, Aksaray, Diyarbakir, and Antalya this spring.  This residency has been generously sponsored by the faculty at Aksaray University and the U.S. Embassy in Ankara.

Follow me on Instagram at mindfulmusician.vanessacornett


Hooray! My book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Join me for a new 1-credit graduate course on Contemplative Practices in Music Education, June 17-21 on the St. Thomas campus!  Click the image for course and registration info.

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 of my anxiety-management meditation podcasts!

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