How Important Is It to Perform a New Skill Perfectly From Day 1?

How Important Is It to Perform a New Skill Without Errors From Day 1?

It seems like I’m always pushing my kids slightly outside their comfort zone, and trying to get…

Do Musicians Perform Better with Eyes Open? Or Closed?

Have you ever had one of those strange out-of-body moments during a performance, where you suddenly…

Want to Help Students Remember More of What You Worked on in Their Lesson? Try This Learning Hack.

Want to Help Students Remember More From Each Lesson? Try This Learning Hack.

Geno Auriemma is head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, where he has…

Evidence That a Little Bit of Self-doubt Could Be Performance-enhancing

Evidence That a Little Bit of Self-Doubt Is Ok – and Might Even Be a Good Thing

Whether it’s a music theory placement exam, orchestral audition, or recital, there’s nothing quite…

Why the Pressure to Be Positive All the Time Could Make You Feel Worse

Why the Pressure to Be Positive All the Time Could Make You Feel Worse

“Don’t worry, be happy!” “Stay positive!” “Don’t be nervous/sad/upset/frustrated/etc.!” Throughout…

how can you create performance pressure in practice?

How Can You Create the Feeling of Real Pressure in Practice Situations?

Whether it’s sight-reading under pressure, nailing that big shift in an audition, or making an…

Is It Helpful or Harmful to Perform a Piece Before It's

Is It Helpful or Harmful to Perform a Piece Before It’s “Performance-Ready”?

Performing can be fun when you know you’re prepared, walk on stage feeling confident that things…

The Mindset That Makes It Possible to Recover from Setbacks - and Perform Even Better

The Mental Adjustment That Makes It Possible to Recover from Setbacks, and Perform Even Better

Whether it’s a tennis player battling back from match point against to win a tough 5-set match, or…

Want New Colleagues to Accept You? Why It’s Important to Assume That They Already Do.

Want New Colleagues to Like You? Why It’s Important to Assume They Already Do.

When my mom was in her 20’s, and had only been in the US for a short while, she stumbled into an…