Musical Charades: Should This Be Part of Your Regular Practice Routine?

Musical Charades: Should This Be Part of Your Regular Practice Routine?

I’m not sure why it began appearing in their YouTube feeds, but in the last few weeks, my kids have…

Erik Ralske: On How to Develop a Stronger Internal Pulse, and the Paradoxical Benefits of Giving Yourself Permission to Miss Notes

Erik Ralske: On Developing a Stronger Rhythmic Pulse, and the Paradoxical Benefits of Giving Yourself Permission to Miss Notes

When I was growing up, I always thought learning music followed a pretty simple, logical, linear…

How Long Does It REALLY Take to Form a New Habit?

How Long Does It REALLY Take to Form a New Habit?

Whether it’s starting your morning off with a cup of coffee, brushing your teeth at night, or…

Why Taking Photos Can Enhance Your Enjoyment of (Certain) Experiences

Phonetography: Does This Enhance or Diminish Our Enjoyment of an Experience?

In Season 8 of Friends, Alec Baldwin makes a guest appearance, playing Parker, a character who is…

The Misinterpreted-Effort Hypothesis, and Why We Often Practice Less Effectively than We Could

The Misinterpreted-Effort Hypothesis, and Why We Often Practice Less Effectively than We Could

When my kids were in elementary school, I remember that studying for tests was pretty…

Mike Block: On Discovering Your Musical Identity, “exploratory” Practice, and Taking Creative Risks

Mike Block: On Discovering Your Musical Identity, “Exploratory” Practice, and Taking Creative Risks

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square…

Why Highly “Representative” Practice Is so Important - Except When It Isn’t

Why Highly “Representative” Practice Is so Important (Except When It Isn’t)

Pianist Leon Fleisher once said something to the effect that playing a note is easy - but playing…

Change This One Word to Get More Useful Feedback From Peers and Colleagues

Change This One Word to Get More Useful Feedback From Peers and Colleagues

Playing in front of all of your peers in studio class can be pretty stressful, of course. But in…

Can Younger Students Be Taught to Engage in Deliberate Practice Too?

Every young musician knows that in order to get better, they have to practice. But when you’re new…