Jennifer Johnson: On Learning to Play More Effortlessly, Through a Better Understanding of the True Design of Your Body

Jennifer Johnson: On Learning to Play More Effortlessly, Through a Better Understanding of the True Design of Your Body

You know when you need to hang a frame, but can’t find a hammer, so you decide to put a nail in the…

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So?

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So? (Part 2 of 2)

One of my advisors in grad school regularly reminded us that whether it was our dissertation or our…

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So?

Is Videotaping Yourself Worth the Time and Trouble? And If Yes, How So? (Part 1 of 2)

From golf to tennis to baseball to diving, basketball, and countless other sports, athletes and…

Mental Practice Not Working for You? This Might Be the Reason Why…

Mental Practice Not Working for You? This Might Be the Reason Why…

Many elite athletes have described using visualization and mental practice to supplement their…

Nathan Hughes: On Being Honest in the Practice Room, and Learning How to Balance Being Analytical and Being Expressive

Nathan Hughes: On Practice Room Honesty, and Learning How to Balance Being Analytical and Being Expressive

I don’t know if it's just me, or if musicians are a finicky bunch in general, but I was always…

How to Keep Bad Dreams From Freaking You Out in the Days Before a Big Performance

How to Keep Bad Dreams From Freaking You Out in the Days Before a Big Performance

If you’re a fan of the show Friends, you may remember the episode where Phoebe is mad at Ross, and…

Structured Vs. Free Practice: Why You Probably Shouldn’t Just Be “Winging It” in the Practice Room

Structured vs. Free Practice: Why You Probably Shouldn’t Just Be “Winging It” in the Practice Room

When it comes to dieting or working out, we all kind of know (from lots of experience with failed…

How Do Fear, Anxiety, and Other Negative Emotions Affect the Learning Process?

How Do Fear, Anxiety, and Other Negative Emotions Affect the Learning Process?

I once read a story about the violinist Isaac Stern, in which he was confronted by a fan backstage…

Musical Charades: Should This Be Part of Your Regular Practice Routine?

Musical Charades: Should This Be Part of Your Regular Practice Routine?

I’m not sure why it began appearing in their YouTube feeds, but in the last few weeks, my kids have…