Conflicted Between Two Different Choices? Here’s a “random” Way to Accelerate the Decision-making Process.

Conflicted Between Two Different Choices? Here’s a “Random” Way to Accelerate the Decision-Making Process.

At the risk of sounding like a bit of a nut, I must confess that I have a longstanding aversion to…

Uri Vardi: On the Way Unconscious Habits Shape Our Playing, and How Feldenkrais Can Help Us Do More With Less Effort.

Uri Vardi: On the Way Unconscious Habits Shape Our Playing, and How Feldenkrais Can Help Us Unlock More of Our Potential

My wife and kids and I have been following a few teams in the NBA playoffs this year. And one of…

Self-Monitoring, and How “Happy Face” May Have Been a More Potent Practice Strategy than I Realized…

Self-Monitoring, and How “Happy Face” May Have Been a More Potent Practice Strategy than I Realized…

One of my enduring childhood practice memories is of the binder my mom maintained, in which she…

Three Different Types of Practice Strategies - Which One Works Best?

Three Different Types of Practice Strategies – Which One Works Best?

On occasion, I’ll eavesdrop on my daughter as she does her daily piano practice. And I've noticed…

A Way to Amplify (or Weaken) the Effect of Self-Talk on Performance

A Way to Amplify (or Weaken) the Effect of Self-Talk on Performance

It’s been a couple years now since our dog was a puppy, but I still remember when he was afraid to…

Menahem Pressler: On following your heart

Menahem Pressler: On Following Your Heart

E.E. Cummings once said “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” For many…

A Goal-Setting Tweak That Could Be the Difference Between an OK Performance and a Great Performance?

Whether you read the book or watched the movie, you probably recall a scene in Harry Potter and the…

How Exaggerating Technical Errors Could Improve Your Technique

I recently had an interesting conversation with an accomplished trumpet artist/teacher, who…

Should Phones and Laptops Be Banned in the Classroom? Or Is This Just Much Ado about Nothing?

Should Phones and Laptops Be Banned in the Classroom? Or Is This Just Much Ado about Nothing?

There’s a scene in the 1995 movie Clueless, where the main character Cher is walking down the…