Lesley Sisterhen McAllister, D.M.A. is Associate Professor of Piano Pedagogy at Baylor University. Interested in the ways that musician can maintain or regain the joy, satisfaction, and ease which caused them to choose music as a career, Dr. McAllister has studied relaxation techniques and cognitive strategies that lead to optimal performance. Hefty competition, performance pressures, and over-practicing can cause excessive physical strain and anxiety for many professional musicians. By keeping a healthy lifestyle and attending to the emotional and mental components of performance, musicians can overcome these challenges.47970