Two Different Kinds of Nerves? How One Type Helps and the Other Type…Not so Much

Two Different Kinds of Nerves? How One Type Helps and the Other Type…Not so Much

Though it’s been many years since, I can still remember a few occasions where I was nervous for…

Could This Working Memory Exercise Help Offset the Effect of Nerves on Performance?

Could This Working Memory Exercise Help Offset the Effect of Nerves on Performance?

A missed shift….a cracked note…a section that felt out of control. Argh! Have you ever noticed how…

Stereotype Threat: The Paradox of Becoming Exactly What You’re Trying to Prove That You’re Not. (Huh?!)

Stereotype Threat: The Paradox of Becoming Exactly What You’re Trying to Prove That You’re Not. (Huh?!)

Nowadays, screened orchestral auditions are the norm. But it wasn’t so long ago that the audition…

Need a Little Shot of Optimism? Try the

Need a Little Shot of Optimism? Try the “Best Possible Self” Exercise

Being optimistic is easy when it's several months out from a big audition. You still have plenty of…

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…