5 Ways to Prevent “rage-quitting” on Discouraging Practice Days

5 Ways to Prevent “Rage-Quitting” on Discouraging Practice Days

We all have bad practice days, where our sound is off, or our fingers just won’t cooperate. Which…

A Simple (but Ironic) Strategy to Reduce Audition-day Restlessness

A Simple (and Ironic) Strategy to Reduce Audition-Day Restlessness

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden often urged his players to “be quick - but don’t hurry.”…

Does It Feel like You're Regressing in the Practice Room? Here's Why It May Not Just Be Your Imagination.

Does It Feel like You’re Regressing in the Practice Room? Here’s Why It May Not Just Be Your Imagination.

My daughter was 5 when she started violin lessons. And it was pretty chill and super cute at……

When Is the Best Time to Start Memorizing a Piece for Fast, Accurate Results?

I had always been a pretty good student, so it was a real shock when during my first semester of…

Need a Productivity Boost? Pull up Some Cute Puppy and Kitten Pictures

Need a Productivity Boost? Pull up Some Cute Puppy and Kitten Pictures

Have you ever observed a young child practicing while angry about having to practice?  Or tried…

How Important Is It to Perform a New Skill Perfectly From Day 1?

How Important Is It to Perform a New Skill Without Errors From Day 1?

It seems like I’m always pushing my kids slightly outside their comfort zone, and trying to get…

Do Musicians Perform Better with Eyes Open? Or Closed?

Have you ever had one of those strange out-of-body moments during a performance, where you suddenly…

Want to Help Students Remember More of What You Worked on in Their Lesson? Try This Learning Hack.

Want to Help Students Remember More From Each Lesson? Try This Learning Hack.

Geno Auriemma is head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, where he has…

Evidence That a Little Bit of Self-doubt Could Be Performance-enhancing

Evidence That a Little Bit of Self-Doubt Is Ok – and Might Even Be a Good Thing

Whether it’s a music theory placement exam, orchestral audition, or recital, there’s nothing quite…