Why the Pressure to Be Positive All the Time Could Make You Feel Worse

Why the Pressure to Be Positive All the Time Could Make You Feel Worse

“Don’t worry, be happy!” “Stay positive!” “Don’t be nervous/sad/upset/frustrated/etc.!” Throughout…

how can you create performance pressure in practice?

How Can You Create the Feeling of Real Pressure in Practice Situations?

Whether it’s sight-reading under pressure, nailing that big shift in an audition, or making an…

Is It Helpful or Harmful to Perform a Piece Before It's

Is It Helpful or Harmful to Perform a Piece Before It’s “Performance-Ready”?

Performing can be fun when you know you’re prepared, walk on stage feeling confident that things…

The Mindset That Makes It Possible to Recover from Setbacks - and Perform Even Better

The Mental Adjustment That Makes It Possible to Recover from Setbacks, and Perform Even Better

Whether it’s a tennis player battling back from match point against to win a tough 5-set match, or…

Want New Colleagues to Accept You? Why It’s Important to Assume That They Already Do.

Want New Colleagues to Like You? Why It’s Important to Assume They Already Do.

When my mom was in her 20’s, and had only been in the US for a short while, she stumbled into an…

Having a Couple Drinks Before Performing…what Does the Research Say?

Having a Couple Drinks Before Performing…What Does the Research Say?

Historically, alcohol and awkward social situations (think the cat milking scene from Meet the…

Why being a great ensemble player may require more than just our ears

Why Being a Great Ensemble Player May Require More than Just Our Ears

It was Week 1 of the first major music festival I’d ever attended. I was barely out of middle…

Which Promotes More Productive Practice - Practicing for Time, or for a Set Number of Repetitions?

Which Promotes More Productive Practice – Practicing for Time, or for a Set Number of Repetitions?

Whether it’s learning how to play the oboe, hit a backhand slice, or type (with all of your…

Difficulty Staying Focused in the Practice Room? Why “airplane Mode” May Not Be Enough.

Difficulty Staying Focused in the Practice Room? Why “Airplane Mode” May Not Be Enough.

From as early an age as I can remember, there were always two main challenges with practicing. One,…