Amanda Blaikie: On believing in yourself, letting go of attachments to winning, and giving yourself permission to take a break

Amanda Blaikie: On Believing in Yourself, Letting Go of Attachments, and Giving Yourself Permission to Be Kind to Yourself

From reading the newspaper, to napping, to journaling, to meditation apps, to eating lots and lots and lots of beets, many NBA players have pretty well-established game day routines. The question, of course, is which of these strategies represent genuinely important and useful performance-enhancing principles that we can all benefit from? And which are just those quirky, personal idiosyncrasies that might absolutely be helpful to some, but aren’t things that we all necessarily need to copy? A…


Caroline Coade: On Being Flexible and "Practicing to Bulletproof”

With the exception of adjustable baseball caps and Snuggies , few things in life are truly one-size-fits-all. Whether it’s training for a 5k or preparing for an audition, everyone begins in a slightly different place, with a diverse range of needs and priorities and strengths and weaknesses, so I don’t know that there’s a single approach that works equally well for everyone. That said, while some of the details may look different from person to person, I do think there are probably…


Molly Gebrian: On Efficient, Effective, and Reliable Memorization Strategies for Musicians

Molly Gebrian: On Efficient, Reliable, and Evidence-Based Memorization Strategies for Musicians

I have to confess that I don’t remember a whole lot from my freshman year Music History 101 class (in my defense, it’s been a few years). But there is one thing that stuck. Why this thing in particular? Who knows, but the one thing I do remember, is that Franz Liszt invented the piano recital. And that he was the first pianist to perform a full concert from memory. Meaning, this playing from memory tradition that we’ve become accustomed to and assume is normal, was not always a…


Nicole Newman: On Why Yoga for Musicians Is Not Just about the Body, but about Developing Sustained Focused Attention, and Learning How to Get into the Zone.

Nicole Newman: On Using Yoga to Develop Sustained Focused Attention, and Practice Getting into the Zone.

You’ve probably seen some articles in the last few years about how bad sitting in a chair is for you (unless you’re sitting in the Hawaii Chair of course, in which case I guess you’re ok?). But whether it’s teaching from a piano bench (or in front of your laptop) all day long, double rehearsals, 6-hour operas, or even long drives to and from orchestra gigs, musicians’ lives can involve quite a bit of sitting. So does that mean we should consider adding extensions to the legs on our…


Tim Topham: On How to Maximize Your Effectiveness When Teaching Lessons Online

Tim Topham: On How to Maximize Your Effectiveness When Teaching Lessons Online

So…the last week has been…umm…interesting. Universities and K-12 schools have shut down either temporarily or through the end of the semester, teachers around the world are scrambling to figure out how to transition their teaching to zoom or other online platforms literally overnight, and cats and dogs are mystified by the sudden 24/7 presence of their humans. Needless to say, even as someone who started a blog largely to justify spending an inordinate amount of time playing with…