Julie Landsman: On Getting into the Zone and Developing Trust in Your Playing

Julie Landsman: On Getting into the Zone and Developing Trust in Your Playing

I think most string players would have to admit that at some point in their lives, they showed up…

Research Suggests That While Mental Practice Is Good, This Hybrid Approach Is Even Better

Recently, my daughter through a pretty hardcore PB&J phase. And since I hadn’t had a PB&J sandwich…

What’s the Most (and Least) Helpful Thing to Text a Friend Before Their Audition?

A few months ago, a friend of mine was preparing to interview for a new job. She prepped…

Janet Horvath: On Preventing Overuse Injuries and Playing Pain-Free

Summer festivals were always the highlight of my year.  Sure, there was more practicing,…

A Better Way to Teach Complex Skills, Borrowed From…Doggy Training?

My daughter will sometimes practice the piano by herself, but lately, I’ve been sitting down with…

Listening to Music While Studying: Ok or Not Ok?

A few days ago, my wife came back from work, remarking at how different walking around the city…

Memorize More Music by Remembering to Press “Pause”?

A few weeks ago, my 12-year old got hooked on a Japanese anime centered around volleyball, in which…

Rob Knopper: On Overcoming the Fear of Recording Yourself (and Making It Your New Favorite Practice Tool)

Once upon a time, my kids would practically beg me to videotape them in action. Whether it was…

“Mistake Rituals” and Why it’s Important to Prepare for On-Stage Surprises

Most of us are creatures of habit, in at least some area of our lives.  Maybe we tend to gravitate…