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 That 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,...

Feeling Stuck? Here's a Counterintuitive Strategy for Boosting Creativity in the Practice Room

Feeling Stuck? Here’s a Counterintuitive Strategy for Boosting Creativity in the Practice Room

“One thing at a time!!!” is a common saying around our house as my daughter tries to alternate...

How Many of Our Mistakes Do Audiences (and Other Musicians) Actually Hear?

Nobody likes to crack notes, miss shifts, or play out of tune. Especially in front of an audience....

Why Every Performer Needs a Good Poker Face

Why Every Performer Needs a Good Poker Face

My daughter loves card games. And what I enjoy most about playing with her, is how completely...

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Dogs…A Musician’s Best Friend?

Reading is often thought of as a calming and relaxing activity. Something you might do before going...