Pre-Performance Apathy (or the Importance of Mentally Disengaging From Work and Practice)

Pre-Performance Apathy (or the Importance of Mentally Disengaging From Work and Practice)

I spent most of my life as a chronic under-practicer. So the experience of practicing too much was uncharted territory…until the time in grad school when I crammed for a competition.

There was plenty of time for me to learn and polish all the rep, but it was several rounds of music, and I waited far too long to get serious about my preparation. Several months out, I knew I was in a bit of trouble.

So for once in my life, I cranked it up to 11 .

Evidence That We Are Capable of More Awesomeness Than We Think

“But I caaaan’t!”

Whether it’s long division, making their beds, or controlling their bladders until we can get to the nearest restroom, this is one of the stock responses my kids like to use when they get to a sticking point and feel like giving up.

Pushing through challenges is never easy, and whether it’s a solving a difficult technical challenge or counting the rests when you’re last stand in orchestra, we all have a point at which we say enough is enough and throw in the towel.

And sometimes that’s the perfect time to step back a bit

Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl? Why This Could Affect How Well You Play in Your Next Audition.

Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl? Why This Could Affect How Well You Play in Your Next Audition.

If you had a choice, what time slot should you select for your next big audition?

9am? Noon? 3pm?

Or 6pm, even 9pm?

Put another way, at what time of day are you most likely to perform your very best?

Larks and owls (and otters)
Researchers at the University of Birmingham recruited 121 competitive athletes to complete a comprehensive inventory of their daily activities, ranging from sleep/wake patterns to food intake, training schedules, and more.

The results were used to categorize the athletes as morning “larks,” intermediate folks, or evening “owls.” (Why didn’t the athletes in the middle get a