Jon Skidmore

Jon Skidmore

For decades Dr. Jon Skidmore, Psy.D. has helped thousands of performers from around the world to find freedom on stage and in life. He believes that the path to peak performance starts between the ears, not in the practice room. He is a performance psychologist, singer, educator and author. He has taught the psychology of music performance at the Brigham Young University School of Music for over 30 years and has a private psychological practice in Orem, Utah. You can reach him at You can visit him at his website:, Facebook: JonSkidmore,Psy.D., and Instagram: @drjonskidmore.

The Psychology of Singing: Story Busting

We often create stories in our minds about what who we are and what we can accomplish. In this article, Jon Skidmore encourages us to look at these stories and challenge them. Read on to learn how to think more positively about your life!

The Five Stages of Peak Performance

I ran into my former student Robby the other night, and he enthusiastically told me, “Hey, Dr. Skidmore, I performed with my band Friday night and We ‘sandboxed it!’” In that moment Robby unknowingly created my new favorite phrase to describe a peak performance.

The Mentally Tough Singer

What is mental toughness? In theory, it is simple. Your attention is on the right target. Your attention stays on the right target and your actions are aligned with the

Closing the Curtain on Stage Fright

I frequently ask performing artists at all levels this very important question: “Where in your career or training have you had an in-depth explanation of the causes of and cures for stage fright?” Read on for tips on how to manage performance anxiety effectively.