Can We Train Ourselves to Be Less Anxious?

Can We Train Ourselves to Be Less Anxious?

“Huh?”, blurts the voice in your head as you notice your stand partner making a face. Was that a…

The Problem with Thinking You Don't Have Enough Time

Just Thinking You Don’t Have Enough Time (Even If That’s Not True) Negatively Affects Performance

Have you ever had one of those days, where from the moment you squint at your phone and realize…

Power Posing vs. Yoga. Yay or Nay?

Performing in front of an audition committee, a classroom full of peers, or an expectant audience…

How to avoid being chronically stressed out by a tyrannical conductor, teacher, or colleague

How to Keep Your Cool in Stressful Lessons, Rehearsals, and More

Whether it’s the 2nd grade spelling bee, a Little League game, or youth orchestra rehearsal, most…

Why Do We Have Such a Hard Time Accepting Compliments?

Why Do We Have Such a Hard Time Accepting Compliments?

That was such beautiful playing…” “Your sound is amazing!” Compliments are a funny thing. Given a…

The Problem with Taking Excessively Long Practice Breaks

The Problem with Taking Excessively Long Practice Breaks

We’ve all been told that cramming, or “massed” practice is bad. That we need to space our practice…

Why It’s Probably Not a Good Sign If Practicing Starts to Feel Easy

Why It’s Probably Not a Good Sign If Practicing Starts to Feel Easy

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

most popular posts of 2017

Most Popular Posts of 2017

Email? What's email for? That was my reaction upon receiving my first email address as a freshman…

Singing out Loud: Embarrassing Ear Training Exercise or Nifty Memory Hack?

“Argh…why are we doing this?” “Seriously…WHY?” I wondered to myself, as I resigned myself to my…