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…

Blaise Desjardin: On Emotion, Technique, and the Kind of Practice That Facilitates Consistently Beautiful Performances

Blaise Déjardin: On Emotion, Technique, and the Kind of Practice That Facilitates Consistently Beautiful Performances

Several years ago, I stumbled across a video of the violinist Pamela Frank sharing some advice she…

Your “Stress Mindset,” and How This May Affect Your Experience of Stress

Your “Stress Mindset,” and How This Could Make Stress Work for or Against You

It’s been said that... “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your…

Why Day-of-Performance Butterflies May Actually Be a Good Thing

For most, waking up on the day of a big audition, competition, or performance feels very different…

“Action Observation,” And How to Get More out of Your Mental Imagery Practice

Imagery is often described as a valuable mental preparation tool, by musicians and athletes alike.…

Tom Hooten: On Being Curious, and Elevating Learning and Growth Above Ego

Tom Hooten: On Being Curious, and Elevating Learning and Growth Above Ego

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said “If you don’t have time to do it right, when…

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How to “Reset” Your Body Clock & Shift Your Peak Performance Window (and Survive AM Rehearsals)

Having kids and a dog has totally changed my perspective on what “normal” bedtime and wakeup times…

Are Coffee Naps Legit?

Are Coffee Naps Legit?

Even if you've had a good night’s sleep, there’s something about that post-lunch period in the…

The Role of Self-Compassion in Cultivating Mental Toughness and Overcoming Setbacks

The Role of Self-Compassion in Cultivating Mental Toughness and Overcoming Setbacks

We’ve all experienced setbacks at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a truly horrifying series…