Vanessa Cornett is the Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis–St. Paul. She is author of the book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance (Oxford University Press, 2019). Her other publications include papers in the Journal of Transformative Education, Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, College Music Symposium, American Music Teacher, the MTNA eJournal, Clavier Companion, The Canadian Music Teacher / Le Professeurde Musique Canadien, and three chapters in the fourth edition of the textbook Creative Piano Teaching. An editor for the Piano Magazine (formerly Clavier Companion), she oversees the magazine’s regular column on musician health and wellness.
An international clinician, Dr. Cornett has presented workshops and masterclasses in twenty of the United States and in Ireland, Finland, Serbia, Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In 2019 she completed a faculty residency in Turkey through the U.S. Embassy in Ankara. Dr. Cornett obtained the DMA degree in piano performance and literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned her BM degree in piano performance and MM degree in piano pedagogy from West Virginia University, and the graduate certificate in sport psychology from the California Southern University School of Behavioral Sciences. She is a certified meditation instructor with an interest in mindfulness and performance anxiety management for musicians. Her current research focuses on contemplative practices, sport psychology, peak performance, and the mental health of musicians.