Do Classical Musicians Get More Nervous Than Non-Classical Musicians? (And If so, Why?)

Do Classical Musicians Get More Nervous Than Non-Classical Musicians? (And If so, Why?)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes A few years ago, I reconnected with a childhood Suzuki friend, who spent most of his formative years learning the standard classical repertoire, and eventually, playing in a professional orchestra. But then, one day, his path diverged, and he became immersed in the world of jazz, improvisation, and a range of other non-classical styles. And now, with a thriving non-classical music career, he remarked that although he used to get really nervous…


Does It Help (or Hurt) to Have Friends and Family in the Audience?

Why a Supportive Audience Could Paradoxically Lead to a Worse Performance

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes We’ve all heard of the “home-court advantage” in sports. How athletes perform better when they’re competing in front of cheering, supportive fans. The idea makes perfect sense, but there are also many instances of athletes choking in front of their home crowd, missing crucial shots, or making boneheaded plays at the worst possible moments. So when a student recently mentioned that they were feeling extra pressure before an upcoming audition,…


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

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes A few months ago, a friend of mine was preparing to interview for a new job. She prepped diligently, doing mock interviews, until finally, the day arrived. And as she was on her way to the interview, she received a short text from a former supervisor which read: “Really pulling for you! Don’t worry, just be yourself. You’ll do great!” Which of course is a really nice thing to hear from one of your mentors. But it ended up backfiring,…


Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Now

Five Podcasts I'm Enjoying Right Now

I was in a bit of a strange accident this week, which resulted in a concussion, some eye trauma, and a trip to the ER. So…the last few days have consisted of me sitting propped up in bed with my eyes closed, catching up on episodes of my favorite podcasts. Since writing a normal post was not in the cards this week, I thought it might be a perfect time to share some of the podcasts I’m enjoying – and also ask you to share some of your favorite podcasts too. So without further…


A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

A Childhood Pastime That Could Help You Reduce Stress and Manage Audition-Day Nerves

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock once said “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” Indeed, as stressful as performing could be, being on stage often felt much more freeing and liberating to me than the rest of the day leading up to that moment. After all, once I was in front of an audience, there was nothing more I could do to prepare - I just had to let go and play. But all the hours leading up to that moment…