For Better Rhythm and Timing, Count With Your Body Too, Not Just Your Mind

For Better Rhythm and Timing, Count With Your Body Too, Not Just Your Mind

Subscribe to the weekly “audio edition” via iTunes As I think about all of the things I remember learning from my teachers over the years, it’s funny the things our brain chooses to remember – years, or even decades later. I’m sure there have been countless moments over the years that were incredibly profound and valuable. But which have since been lost in some hidden corner of my brain or overwritten by some obscure Mario Kart shortcut that seemed vitally important at the…


Stressed and Having Difficulty Getting Out of a Negative Thought Spiral? Here's How (and Why) Mother Nature May Be Able to Help

Stressed and Having Difficulty Getting Out of a Negative Thought Spiral? Here's How Mother Nature May Be Able to Help

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Have you ever found yourself stuck in a negative loop of repetitive thoughts? Like when you mess something up in rehearsal, and start reliving the moment in your head on the drive home. Where it’s like your brain tries to figure out how bad it was (or wasn’t). Which leads to an attempt to interpret the ambiguous look the conductor gave you. And the body language and facial expressions of colleagues around you. As well as the brief interaction…


Make Practicing in 2021 a Little More Effective With These Top Tips From 2020

Einstein once said “Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope for tomorrow.”6 This quote seems particularly fitting as we look forward to a 2021 that we hope will look very different from the year we just said goodbye to. I mean, sure, we learned a ton in 2020 – but a lot of it was stuff that went way beyond what most of us ever expected to have to learn. Like how to optimize our audio for music lessons. What a pulse oximeter is. Or how quickly the dirty dishes pile up when everyone in…


A Better Way to Present Ourselves on Social Media? A Simple Adjustment for Improved Mood and Greater Well-Being.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes It’s hard to imagine a world without social media nowadays. I mean, how else would we find out what our friends, colleagues, exes, childhood frenemies, and friends-of-friends-of-friends, are up to? Like where they’re performing next. Or how yummy their post-rehearsal almond croissant and caramel frappe-mocha-chino was. Or where they found the amazing no-show socks they’re wearing, that manage to not only be truly no-show, but also stay up,…


Regular Bragging vs. Humblebragging: Which Works Better?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes So…this post started off as an article about some recent research on why we like the music we do. And how some of it is related to the persona of the musician, and not just the music itself. Which I thought was pretty interesting, because it seems to speak to the importance of letting more of our personalities shine through in social media, on stage, and backstage, instead of presenting only the highly polished, sanitized, “professional”…