Do Classical Musicians Get More Nervous Than Non-Classical Musicians? (And If so, Why?)

Do Classical Musicians Get More Nervous Than Non-Classical Musicians? (And If so, Why?)

A few years ago, I reconnected with a childhood Suzuki friend, who spent most of his formative…

8 Strategies Musicians Use in Developing Their Own Interpretation of a Piece

8 Strategies Musicians Use to Create Their Own Unique Interpretation of a Piece

From Dont to Yost to the legendary Korguof exercises that Mr. Vamos used to write out by hand every…

Nathan Cole & Akiko Tarumoto: On Practice, Lifelong Learning, and Balancing Life With Work and Audition Preparation

Nathan Cole & Akiko Tarumoto: On Practicing, and Balancing Life With Work and Audition Preparation

Perhaps you’ve seen the practice chart that made the rounds some years ago, titled “Should You Be…

Have Difficulty Staying Awake During Mental Practice? Try

Have Difficulty Staying Awake During Mental Practice? Try “Dynamic” Mental Imagery Instead!

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, trying to do some last-minute cramming before a lesson,…

The Correct Way to Sit in a Chair (and How This Could Help Your Performance in More Ways Than You’d Think)

The Correct Way to Sit in a Chair (and How This Could Help Your Performance in More Ways Than You’d Think)

I remember when my dad bought our first VHS camcorder, back in the early-to-mid 1980’s. Unlike…

An Easy-to-overlook “hack” for Enhancing Concentration in the Practice Room

An Easy-to-Overlook “Hack” for Enhancing Concentration in the Practice Room

Have you ever found yourself spacing out while practicing? Where you suddenly “come to” and realize…

Carol Rodland on Learning to Work with Your Body, Not Against It

Carol Rodland: On Learning to Work with Your Body, Not Against It

I once heard a guitar teacher say that the point of practicing is to make things easier.  At first…

The “Urgency Effect” and Why We Don’t Always Practice the Things We Should

The “Urgency Effect” and How to Prioritize More Effectively in the Practice Room

Have you ever woken up the day before a big performance or audition, had this sudden realization…

Does It Help (or Hurt) to Have Friends and Family in the Audience?

Why a Supportive Audience Could Paradoxically Lead to a Worse Performance

We’ve all heard of the “home-court advantage” in sports. How athletes perform better when they’re…