Rob Knopper: On Overcoming the Fear of Recording Yourself (and Making It Your New Favorite Practice Tool)

Once upon a time, my kids would practically beg me to videotape them in action. Whether it was…

“Mistake Rituals” and Why it’s Important to Prepare for On-Stage Surprises

Most of us are creatures of habit, in at least some area of our lives.  Maybe we tend to gravitate…

Does Stress Make Us More Susceptible to Injury?

What do finals week, the first few months after having a child, and housebreaking a puppy with the…

Creativity Sounds Important…but at the Elite Level, How Valuable Is It Really?

Whether in football, basketball, or soccer, displays of creative playmaking and shotmaking draw…

Peter Miksza: On the Overlooked Value of Improvisation in Musical Training

How would you react if someone encouraged you to include some improvisation in your daily practice…

Jeff Huber: On Preparing Mentally for Competition

I ended up having surgery this week (which, thankfully, went well), but I'm still unable to read…

Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Now

Five Podcasts I’m Enjoying Right Now

I was in a bit of a strange accident this week, which resulted in a concussion, some eye trauma,…

A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

Legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock once said “There is no terror in the bang, only in the…

Can We Really Trust Our Intuition When Making Difficult Decisions?

Can We Really Trust Our Intuition When Making Difficult Decisions?

It’s said that we make dozens (or thousands) of decisions every day. From the relatively mundane…