Vanessa Cornett
Vanessa Cornett


Dr. Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and 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 certified meditation instructor with post-graduate training in sport psychology, 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

Music for climate change

Check out Prayers for a Feverish Planet, the brainchild of Dr. Ann DuHamel at the University of Minnesota-Morris. This multi-day event featured 60 pieces of new music about climate change.


Musicians can make a difference!

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 

I'm excited to be a Fulbright Scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year!  I will be teaching and conducting research on mental skills for musicians at the Ankara Müzik ve Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi in Turkey.


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!  :)

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