How Effective Is Mental Practice for Memorizing New Pieces?

How Effective Is Mental Practice for Memorizing New Pieces?

Many well-known musicians have described using mental imagery to increase confidence, and hone and…

Stressed, Anxious, and Feeling a Little Burned Out? Here’s How an “Awe Walk” Could Help.

Stressed, Anxious, and Feeling a Little Burned Out? Here’s How an “Awe Walk” Could Help.

Whether it’s handling election stress, Zoom fatigue, or just making it through that part of the…

Bob Fisher: On How to Become Great at Something, and Setting Multiple World Records (at Age 50+)

A few years ago, thinking it wouldn’t hurt to get away from the computer now and again and be a…

Having Long-Term Goals Is Important, but Research Suggests That We Should Enjoy the Little Things Too

Greek philosopher Aristotle once argued that true well-being came from pursuing our best selves. On…

Have a Tendency to Play “Too Safe” Under Pressure? Here’s a Daily Habit That Could Help You Play More Fearlessly on Stage.

Have a Tendency to Play “Too Safe” Under Pressure? Here’s a Daily Habit That Could Help You Play More Fearlessly on Stage.

I was going through some old home videos the other day, and came across some clips of my kids…

A Counterintuitive Way to Build Confidence, a Tiny Bit Each Day

When you look at your to-do list for the day, and think about where to begin, what tasks seem the…

Jason Sulliman: On Why Fast Practice Can Sometimes Be More Efficient and Effective Than Slow Practice

Jason Sulliman: On Why Fast, At-Tempo Practice Can Be More Efficient and Effective Than Slow Practice

I’d bet my last dozen Krispy Kreme donuts that every music student in the history of practicing has…

How Using Social Media Apps Before Practicing Could Sabotage Practice Quality (and Performance) Over Time

How Using Social Media Apps Before Practicing Could Sabotage Practice Quality (and Performance) Over Time

I attend a martial arts class where the rule is that phones must stay in the locker room, and never…

Minna Chung: On the Mysteries of Intonation and a Few Things We Can Do to Play Better in Tune

Minna Chung: On the Mysteries of Intonation and a Few Things We Can Do to Play More in Tune

Like most Suzuki youngsters, I went through a phase where I had little stripes of tape placed on my…