Get into a Better Pre-Audition Headspace with a

Get into a Better Pre-Audition Headspace with a "Heroic" Playlist

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Whether it’s waiting for your turn at an audition, getting stuck in traffic on the way to rehearsal, or standing in line at Trader Joe’s on a Saturday, much of life seems to consist of...waiting. Which in the grand scheme of things is probably not such a big deal (and might be something worth learning to embrace, as I learned from watching the movie Click ), but sitting around idly with nothing to do does tend to lead to a lot of…


How to Use Positive “Trigger Words” for More Expressive Performances

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Getting into the character of a piece, right from the first note, can sometimes be a challenge when there’s no long orchestral tutti to help set the mood. Or if you have to switch from one orchestral excerpt to another in an audition where it’s all on you. Musicians have been known to write key words or phrases at the top of excerpts, like this, or this. Which seems like a pretty handy way to remind ourselves what we want to say with the…


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.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes At the risk of sounding like a bit of a nut, I must confess that I have a longstanding aversion to socks. It’s not a phobia - I just don’t like having to keep my little toes wrapped up in what’s basically a sweater, when they’d be so much happier in a tank top. So as soon as the temperature hits 55°F, out come my trusty flip-flops, and - much to the consternation of my wife - I happily wander around the city pretty much socks-free until Fall…


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 years, I didn’t understand what that meant. But it’s starting to make more sense. After all, it’s easy to follow a well-worn path, to do the safe thing, or to take others’ advice when it comes to figuring out what we should do with our lives. But artists seem to find their own way. Artists learn to listen to that inner voice, and have the courage to follow – even if they have no idea where it will take…


Margo Drakos: On Creating a Safety Net and Taking a Chance on Yourself

Margo Drakos: On Creating a Safety Net and Taking a Chance on Yourself

Have you ever begged and pleaded for something when you were a kid, and when you finally got it, discovered it wasn’t quite what you expected? Like the time you finally got a pair of Zubaz. Or like in that Friends episode where Monica got new boots . Of course, once you’ve fought so hard for that thing, there can be a lot of pressure to stick with it. Even if it’s not a good fit. And it’s tempting to think you just need a different color.…