Vanessa Cornett
Vanessa Cornett


Greetings! I am currently the Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis - St. Paul.


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


I am a certified meditation instructor with post-graduate training in sport psychology, and I frequently offer in-person and virtual workshops, masterclasses, and personal coaching sessions.

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

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 

I am currently working hard as a Fulbright Scholar during the 2022-2023 academic year. I am teaching and conducting research on performance anxiety management and the development of mental skills for musicians at the Ankara Müzik ve Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi in Turkey.

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!


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

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