Your Growth Edges (And How to Find Them)

Everyone who has ever played or watched tennis quickly learns how important the serve is. If you can't get a serve in, you lose the point. As a decidedly mediocre tennis hack, I've lost many a game because of an inability to get my serve in (though on the bright side, I will say that if you miss enough serves in a row and then actually get one in, you'll often win the point simply because your opponent will be too surprised to react). But here's the tricky part about serving. Simply getting the…


How Can We Develop a More Courageous Mindset? (Plus, the Secret of Life)

I was at a really intriguing music conference this past week, where one of the sessions centered around the fear of failure. The question was, how can we help young musicians, particularly in colleges and conservatories, develop a more courageous, resilient, and risk-willing (or whatever the opposite of risk-averse might be) mindset? Why should we care about such a thing, you ask? Well, it's been argued that success in today's marketplace is increasingly dependent on the level of creativity and…


What Is the Most Effective Way to Warm Up for an Audition?

It's been many years since I was in the market for a new violin or bow, but I still remember how self-conscious I'd be when playing in front of the shop owners. Why so self-conscioius? I was worried about being judged. How would I compare to others who had tried this violin? What would the people in the store think of my playing? What if they didn't think I was good enough, or worthy of playing on this violin?