Fact or Myth: Does Thinking “Don’t Miss” Really Make Us More Likely to Mess Up?

Fact or Myth: Does Thinking “Don’t Miss” Really Make Us More Likely to Mess Up?

It was March 15, 2017, and the San Antonio Spurs were trying to pull out a close win over the…

How to Get Better at Detecting Errors - Especially If They’re Hiding in Plain Sight

How to Get Better at Detecting Errors – Especially If They’re Hiding in Plain Sight

A few days ago, one of my kids came back from school with a decidedly underwhelming math quiz…

The Mindsets That Make It Easier (and Harder) to Bounce Back from Mistakes Mid-Performance

I don’t know if there’s some sort of composer’s handbook which says that concertos should start out…

Jennifer Johnson: On Learning to Play More Effortlessly, Through a Better Understanding of the True Design of Your Body

Jennifer Johnson: On Learning to Play More Effortlessly, Through a Better Understanding of the True Design of Your Body

You know when you need to hang a frame, but can’t find a hammer, so you decide to put a nail in the…

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So?

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So? (Part 2 of 2)

One of my advisors in grad school regularly reminded us that whether it was our dissertation or our…

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So?

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So? (Part 1 of 2)

From golf to tennis to baseball to diving, basketball, and countless other sports, athletes and…

Mental Practice Not Working for You? This Might Be the Reason Why…

Mental Practice Not Working for You? This Might Be the Reason Why…

Many elite athletes have described using visualization and mental practice to supplement their…

Nathan Hughes: On Being Honest in the Practice Room, and Learning How to Balance Being Analytical and Being Expressive

Nathan Hughes: On Practice Room Honesty, and Learning How to Balance Being Analytical and Being Expressive

I don’t know if it's just me, or if musicians are a finicky bunch in general, but I was always…

How to Keep Bad Dreams From Freaking You Out in the Days Before a Big Performance

How to Keep Bad Dreams From Freaking You Out in the Days Before a Big Performance

If you’re a fan of the show Friends, you may remember the episode where Phoebe is mad at Ross, and…