What's the Most (and Least) Helpful Thing to Text a Friend Before Their Audition?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes A few months ago, a friend of mine was preparing to interview for a new job. She prepped diligently, doing mock interviews, until finally, the day arrived. And as she was on her way to the interview, she received a short text from a former supervisor which read: “Really pulling for you! Don’t worry, just be yourself. You’ll do great!” Which of course is a really nice thing to hear from one of your mentors. But it ended up backfiring,…


Janet Horvath: On Preventing Overuse Injuries and Playing Pain-Free

Summer festivals were always the highlight of my year. Sure, there was more practicing, rehearsing, and playing to do than during the school year, but none of this ever felt like work when it was summertime. Getting to play awesome music alongside dedicated and talented musicians in orchestra and ensemble rehearsals, studio classes, and lessons, made for tons of inspiration and many lifelong memories. Not to mention all the fun times hanging out with old and new friends, and engaging in various…


A Better Way to Teach Complex Skills, Borrowed From…Doggy Training?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes My daughter will often practice the piano by herself, but lately, I’ve been sitting down with her and trying to be her practice buddy. Essentially, to make sure she doesn’t make the same mistakes repeatedly and develop bad habits. Of course, despite my best intentions, this basically means that I can’t help but pounce on every missed note or rhythmic detail that seems to be going past her radar unnoticed. I might start with a gentle “nope” at…


Listening to Music While Studying: Ok or Not Ok?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes A few days ago, my wife came back from work, remarking at how different walking around the city feels when you’re listening to music. How it feels almost as if you’ve become a character in your own movie, with a soundtrack that makes even the rush hour subway rides and crazy long lines at Trader Joe’s a little more pleasant (while they're not always as nightmarish as this article makes them seem, sometimes things do get so packed that there’s…