noa & duck

Dogs...A Musician's Best Friend?

Audio version Reading is often thought of as a calming and relaxing activity. Something you might do before going to sleep at night, or on vacation while sitting poolside with an ice cold strawberry lemonade. But for many young children, reading can actually be quite stressful and cause a lot of anxiety. Because it’s one thing if we are naturally curious about reading and take to it pretty easily, but a very different story if we struggle, feel judged by…


A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

Audio version Looking back at all my years of school, from Pre-K through the end of grad school, I think the single most stressful period of my life was senior year of high school. Between AP classes and SAT’s, lessons, performances, competitions, and the whole college application and audition process, it felt pretty overwhelming at times. Mostly, because for the first time ever, I felt a real need to play flawlessly. Playing perfectly was always the goal…


How to Get Good at Mental Imagery, Even If You’ve Never Been Able to Visualize Worth a Darn

How to Get Good at Mental Imagery, Even If You’ve Never Been Able to Visualize Worth a Darn

Audio version You’ve undoubtedly heard musicians, athletes, teachers, coaches, and psychologists all extol the virtues of mental imagery. How it can not only enhance your learning, but improve performance, help build self-confidence, regulate your emotional state, and more. But you’ve probably also heard that for imagery to be effective, you must be able to generate vivid, clear images (or sounds or kinesthetic sensations). So…what are we to do if we can’t…


A Technique for Finding Your Misplaced Car Keys Faster, That Might Also Be Useful in the Practice Room

A Technique for Finding Your Misplaced Car Keys, That Might Also Be Applicable in the Practice Room

“Daaaadddy!! Where’s my wallet???” “I don’t know…where did you put it?” I replied unhelpfully, as I watched my son wander around the apartment muttering “wallet…wallet…wallet” under his breath. Have you ever found yourself repeating out loud the name of the thing you’re looking for as you search for it? Some would suggest that it’s simply a way to make sure we don’t forget what it is that we’re looking for as we engage in our search. But others have wondered if verbalizing thoughts - or in this…