Should Phones and Laptops Be Banned in the Classroom? Or Is This Just Much Ado about Nothing?

Should Phones and Laptops Be Banned in the Classroom? Or Is This Just Much Ado about Nothing?

There’s a scene in the 1995 movie Clueless, where the main character Cher is walking down the…

Margo Drakos: On Creating a Safety Net and Taking a Chance on Yourself

Margo Drakos: On Creating a Safety Net and Taking a Chance on Yourself

A few years ago, I had an interesting conversation with a horn teacher, during which she said…

How Technical Mistakes During Practice Can Be Used to Enhance Performance (and Confidence Too)

The first few minutes of bringing a puppy into our home were awesome, and I thought it’d be amazing…

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The Potential Upside of Having a “Rival”

As an only child, sibling rivalry was a foreign concept, so it’s been, um…interesting…to see my…

How to Keep Your Cool Backstage Before Auditions and Performances

How to Keep Your Cool Backstage Before Auditions and Performances

Football is a very physical sport of course, but there is certainly a mental aspect to the game as…

8 Strategies for Breaking Out of a Performance Slump

8 Strategies for Breaking Out of a Performance Slump

Whether you’re watching basketball, baseball, or, say, cricket, broadcasters will often say that an…

Catherine Cho: On Developing Great Rhythm (and Why Old-School Metronomes Are the Way to Go)

Catherine Cho: On Developing Great Rhythm (and Why Old-School Metronomes Are the Way to Go)

I’ve accumulated a number of metronomes over the years. My first one, which still sits on our piano…

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“Post-Event Reflection”: A Tool to Bounce Back Better and Faster from Sub-Par Performances

Whether it’s an audition, recital, or performance, it’s pretty natural to engage in some sort of…

A Visualization Hack to Get More Out of Your Mental Practice

From tennis great Billie Jean King to pianist Glenn Gould, imagery has long been a staple of…