Angela Beeching: On the Keys to Developing a Career That’s Totally “You”

Angela Beeching: On the Keys to Developing a Career That’s Totally “You”

My first year in grad school, I ended up connecting with a few friends of friends, and became part…

Quirky Pre-Performance Rituals: Do They Really Work?

Quirky Pre-Performance Rituals: Do They Really Work?

A student recently told me of an old Italian tradition among singers, where some would not go on…

Get into a Better Pre-Audition Headspace with a

Get into a Better Pre-Audition Headspace with a “Heroic” Playlist

Whether it’s getting stuck in traffic on the way to rehearsal, waiting for your turn at an…

Why the “Task Completion Bias” Could Give You the Illusion of Productive Practice, but Make You Less Productive in the Long-Term

You know how people say you should never go to the grocery store when you’re hungry? I know this is…

A Simple Technique That Could Help You Give Better Advice to Your Students

A Simple Technique That Could Help Boost Your Effectiveness With a Struggling Student

Once you get pretty good at riding a skateboard, hitting a tennis ball, or playing with a nice…

Claire Stefani: On Chinrests, Shoulder Rests, and How the Right Setup Can Facilitate More Effortless, Tension-free Playing

Claire Stefani: On Chinrests, Shoulder Rests, and How the Right Setup Can Facilitate More Effortless, Tension-free Playing

I can’t remember where it started. Maybe it was a flareup of the “violin hickey” on my chin. Or…

How to Use Positive “Trigger Words” for More Expressive Performances

Getting into the character of a piece, right from the first note, can sometimes be a challenge when…

The “Gesturing Effect

The “Gesturing Effect”: A Way to Learn New Skills More Quickly?

Aside from the day I graduated from velcro sneakers and learned how to tie my lace-up Spiderman…

How Many of Our Worries Actually Come True?

How Many of Our Worries Actually Come True?

What if I start shaking and embarrass myself in studio class? What if I mess up this gig, and don't…