Feeling Stuck? Here's a Counterintuitive Strategy for Boosting Creativity in the Practice Room

Feeling Stuck? Here’s a Counterintuitive Strategy for Boosting Creativity in the Practice Room

“One thing at a time!!!” is a common saying around our house as my daughter tries to alternate…

How Many of Our Mistakes Do Audiences (and Other Musicians) Actually Hear?

Nobody likes to crack notes, miss shifts, or play out of tune. Especially in front of an audience.…

Why Every Performer Needs a Good Poker Face

Why Every Performer Needs a Good Poker Face

My daughter loves card games. And what I enjoy most about playing with her, is how completely…

noa & duck

Dogs…A Musician’s Best Friend?

Reading is often thought of as a calming and relaxing activity. Something you might do before going…

A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

Looking back at all my years of school, from Pre-K through the end of grad school, I think the…

How to Get Good at Mental Imagery, Even If You’ve Never Been Able to Visualize Worth a Darn

How to Get Good at Mental Imagery, Even If You’ve Never Been Able to Visualize Worth a Darn

You’ve undoubtedly heard musicians, athletes, teachers, coaches, and psychologists alike, extol the…

A Technique for Finding Your Misplaced Car Keys Faster, That Might Also Be Useful in the Practice Room

A Technique for Finding Your Misplaced Car Keys, That Might Also Be Applicable in the Practice Room

“Daaaadddy!! Where’s my wallet???” “I don’t know…where did you put it?” I replied unhelpfully, as I…

How (and Why) Giving Students Choices, Can Dramatically Improve Learning

How (and Why) Giving Students Choices, Can Dramatically Improve Learning

Maybe it’s just my inner control freak, or all those years of violin practice, but whether my kids…

The Upside-down Bow, and Why It's Valuable to Play in Ways You Never Would on Stage

The Upside-Down Bow, and Why It’s Valuable to Play in Ways You Never Would on Stage

One of the most memorable exercises I can recall from my Suzuki days was the one where I was asked…