Having Difficulty Moving Past a Particularly Distressing Audition or Performance? “Just Think Positive” May Not Be the Best Strategy…

Maybe it was an embarrassing memory slip. Or one of those runaway train moments, where you knew you…

Does the “Memory Palace” Strategy Really Work? And Is It Something Musicians Could Use?

During my early music studies, when I was working through the Suzuki books and starting to learn…

Evidence That Most of Us Are Terrible at Knowing When to End Conversations

Evidence That Most of Us Are Terrible at Knowing When to End Conversations

While reading up on Zoom fatigue for last week’s article, I came across a number of articles that…

“Zoom Fatigue” - Why It Happens, and a Couple Things You Can Do About It

“Zoom Fatigue” – Why It Happens, and a Couple Things You Can Do About It

When schools, classes, private lessons, and meetings for work all went online just about a year…

A Simple Writing Exercise That Could Help You Perform More Confidently

There are lots and lots of stories on the internet (and in books too, of course) about athletes’…

Astrid Schween: On Cultivating Routines, Curiosity, and 800 Different Spiccatos

A couple months ago, I was asked to do a class for a group of conservatory students. And so the…

How NOT to Support a Student Who Is Struggling

How Not to Support a Student Who Is Struggling (and What To Do Instead)

Last week, we looked at a study which found that having a fixed mindset as a teacher, can have a…

Want Your Students to Be More Engaged, Take More Risks, and Get Better Grades? Here’s Why Your Mindset Matters.

If you’ve read any articles online in the last few years about learning or resilience, you’ve…

Specific Times When SMART Goals Can Be Counterproductive (and What Strategy to Use Instead)

Specific Times When SMART Goals Can Be Counterproductive (and What Strategy to Use Instead)

Fire up your browser and do a search for “goals,” and you’ll probably see something about SMART…