How to Reduce Practice Room Angst (and Boost Creativity)

How to Reduce Practice Room Angst (and Boost Creativity)

You know the feeling. The one you get when you run into a particularly vexing problem in the practice room. Where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t get a note to speak right, or a phrase to come out the way it should.

Maybe you can’t get your fingers to cooperate, or figure out what’s wrong with your embouchure, or get the tempo where it needs to be.

Why the Wrong Kind of Praise Can Undermine Our Students’ Confidence

The 1960’s gave us lots of cool stuff. Jimi Hendrix, bell-bottoms, skateboards, the Flinstones…and also an explosion of interest in self-esteem – i.e. the beliefs and feelings we have about ourselves.

The idea that feeling good about ourselves leads to success sounds reasonable enough, and the idea really took off.

Why Looking on the Bright Side Could Be Bad

Forrest Gump said that “life was like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.”

Indeed, life is full of many beautiful and happy moments, but also many challenges – both on and off-stage.

A conductor or colleague who is making your life miserable. A seemingly endless string of auditions where you fail to advance. Injuries. Career stagnation. Relationship or family problems. Illnesses.