As a performance coach, I believe everyone is a performer and I am committed to getting the psychological skills of peak performance and mental toughness into the hands of performers of all ages and all stages.
Whether you're a band teacher, orchestra conductor or acting coach, we can help you inspire and draw out the hidden talent in your students.
Peak performance provides assessments to help you realize your strengths and weaknesses as a performer, hone your talent, and reach your highest potential
The Musicians’ Path to Peak Performance brings the psychological skills of optimal performance to your practice room and your stage.
Even experienced performers sometimes encounter roadblocks. Learn how to become a peak performer through research-based techniques.
Dr. Jon Skidmore is a performance coach, licensed clinical psychologist, educator, researcher, author and singer. He believes that the path to peak performance starts between the ears not in the practice room. He loves to talk about the brain as a peak performance tool and how to create an optimal performance mindset. For decades he has been helping performing artists find freedom on stage and in life.
The Peak Performance method has helped hundreds of performers and teachers maximize their potential, overcome mental roadblocks and become the best performers they can be.Learn More
My work with Jon has changed the course of my career. Before knowing him, I had lost the joy of performing and had no clue as to how to focus my mental, spiritual, and physical energies on stage and in the studio. But thanks to him, I have learned how to forget about myself and execute the task at hand with clarity and conviction. And most importantly with joy. If you simply let Jon Skidmore do what he does, you will soon be able to do what YOU do without hindrance. Audiences and colleagues constantly ask me how I can exude such fun and freedom from the stage. The answer is Jon Skidmore. The ecstatic excitement of going all out and performing without limits is now a way of life.
Dr. Skidmore's class has opened up a whole new world for me. Now I have the tools not only to rid myself of performance anxiety but also to have the skills to teach my students how to handle their fears. His techniques are not just for those who perform, but for all of us who must face difficult times in our lives. I especially enjoyed the way he presented his ideas with stories and demonstrations instead of hard-to-understand psychological terms. Thanks Dr. Skidmore!
Thank you, Dr. Skidmore, for teaching me not only that I could have a better experience performing, but also how to achieve that experience. After taking your workshop and practicing the techniques you taught, my anxieties about performing were replaced with confidence that I could meet the challenge, and my focus during my most recent performance was so much better that my hands hardly trembled at all (a new experience for me). I was thrilled! I highly recommend your workshops to anyone seeking to enhance their (or their children's) performance experience.
This is a very important aspect of performance that is usually neglected in the training process. I have benefited greatly from Dr. Skidmore's training.
Thank you Jon for all that you brought to the members and staff at The Cadets. Your insight, energy, thoughtfulness, and guidance was VERY beneficial. The cadets were excited about the new information and the new process in preparing to perform and look forward to its application this summer.
[Our] sessions with the band were incredible and we are constantly using the techniques [Jon] taught us to improve our performance and push our musical experience to a higher level. We will definitely have [him] work with our students again and recommend [his] workshops to anyone interested in improving their performance level.
Dr. Skidmore's coaching helped me bring what I do in the practice room to the stage!
Jon Skidmore's Peak Performance workshops are powerful and potentially life-changing. They are a must-attend event for anyone experiencing performance anxiety, or for anyone simply wishing to perform more freely and expressively. I recommend the workshops to performers of all ages and stages.
After our workshops with Dr. Jon Skidmore, we heard comments from teachers, students, and parents like, 'It was awesome, fun, and we learned so much.' We were given a wonderful hand-out taking us through much of the process. Dr. Skidmore is passionate about his subject and presents the workshop with that kind of energy. I would recommend this workshop to any one who would like to improve their performance, students, teachers and parents.
I'm really glad I took this class! I found it by accident and added last minute, but it was such a good class to take. I've really changed some of my negative stories over this last semester. I felt like clapping after the last day - I should have, because that's what applause should be: When you clap because you can't help it, not because it's expected.
After Dr. Skidmore's sessions, I learned that music (performances) have to be "fun" whatsoever! We "play" music, not "struggle" or "fight" with music. That's the entire purpose of playing music. No fear. Just enjoy the stage.