Creativity Sounds Important…but at the Elite Level, How Valuable Is It Really?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Whether in football, basketball, or soccer, displays of creative playmaking and shotmaking draw lots of ooh’s and ahh’s from fans, and booya’s on ESPN’s plays of the day (or at least it used to, when booya was something people still said).  All of which is very exciting and entertaining, of course. And it certainly makes intuitive sense that creative players and playmakers would be valuable to a team’s success.  But is this actually true? Is…


Peter Miksza: On the Overlooked Value of Improvisation in Musical Training

How would you react if someone encouraged you to include some improvisation in your daily practice routine? Would you react with curiosity, and perhaps be a little excited to see what this could add to your musical and technical development? Or would you wonder about improvisation’s relevance in your daily practice, given that you don’t have unlimited time, and it’s not like you can improv your way through Schumann’s Scherzo? Or run away, because…eek! Improv?! Where would I even start? If I…


Jeff Huber: On Preparing Mentally for Competition

I ended up having surgery this week (which, thankfully, went well), but I'm still unable to read normally, so a regular post wasn't going to happen this week either (and if you missed last week's podcast-stravaganza, you can check out the list of podcasts I was enjoying while on bed rest here). So I thought this might be a nice opportunity to catch up with 3-time Olympic diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber, who recently retired from coaching at Indiana University, but still teaches in IU's Department…


Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Now

Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Right Now

I was in a bit of a strange accident this week, which resulted in a concussion, some eye trauma, and a trip to the ER. So…the last few days have consisted of me sitting propped up in bed with my eyes closed, catching up on episodes of my favorite podcasts. Since writing a normal post was not in the cards this week, I thought it might be a perfect time to share some of the podcasts I’m enjoying – and also ask you to share some of your favorite podcasts too. So without further…


A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock once said “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” Indeed, as stressful as performing could be, being on stage often felt much more freeing and liberating to me than the rest of the day leading up to that moment. After all, once I was in front of an audience, there was nothing more I could do to prepare - I just had to let go and play. But all the hours leading up to that moment…