Lori Schiff: On How Alexander Technique Can Enhance Learning and Performance Under Pressure

Alexander Technique has been around for over a century, and is taught in many music schools around…

How Perfect Does Your Intonation Have to Be?

How Perfect Does Your Intonation Have to Be?

Whether you sing, play the cello, oboe, or bagpipes, you’ve probably had one of those days (or…

Does Focusing on Musical Expressiveness in Performance Come at the Expense of Technical Precision?

Does Focusing on Musical Expressiveness in Performance Come at the Expense of Technical Precision?

It’s been said that “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”2 Indeed, there are few (if…

A Shift in Your Mental Focus That Could Help You Produce a More Beautiful Sound on Stage

A Mental Shift That Could Help You Produce a More Beautiful Sound on Stage

Did you ever have a teacher who suggested that you imagine projecting your sound to the last row in…

Can’t Shut Off Your Brain and Get to Sleep? This 5-min Exercise Could Help.

When I was five, we got a little kitten that we named Lucky. Like most cats, Lucky spent much of…

Mark Kosower: On Slow Practice, Commitment, and the Kind of Focus That’s Associated With His Best Performances

You know how some people just make things look easy, and effortless? Like they never had to…

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A “Backwards” Strategy for Cultivating More Passion about Music You’re Not in Love With

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was once asked which of the pieces he programmed on a recital was his…

Should You Be Using a Metronome When You Do Mental Practice?

Should You Be Using a Metronome When You Do Mental Practice?

Pianist Leon Fleisher has said that between melody, harmony, and rhythm, rhythm is by far the most…

Why Worrying about Shaky Bow Just Makes Things Worse (and What You Could Focus on Instead)

Why Worrying about Shaky Bow Just Makes Things Worse (and What You Could Focus on Instead)

The summer after my sophomore year in college, I flew to Jerusalem to meet some old friends, with…