noa & duck

Dogs...A Musician's Best Friend?

Audio version http://bpm-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/2017.05.28.mp3 Reading is often thought of as a calming and relaxing activity. Something you might do before going to sleep at night, or on vacation while sitting poolside with an ice cold strawberry lemonade. But for many young children, reading can actually be quite stressful and cause a lot of anxiety. Because it’s one thing if we are naturally curious about reading and take to it pretty easily, but a very different story if we struggle,...


A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

Audio version http://bpm-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/2017.05.21.mp3 Looking back at all my years of school, from Pre-K through the end of grad school, I think the single most stressful period of my life was senior year of high school. Between AP classes and SAT’s, lessons, performances, competitions, and the whole college application and audition process, it felt pretty overwhelming at times. Mostly, because for the first time ever, I felt a real need to play flawlessly. Playing perfectly was...


How to Get Good at Mental Imagery, Even If You’ve Never Been Able to Visualize Worth a Darn

How to Get Good at Mental Imagery, Even If You’ve Never Been Able to Visualize Worth a Darn

Audio version http://bpm-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/2017.05.14.mp3 You’ve undoubtedly heard musicians, athletes, teachers, coaches, and psychologists all extol the virtues of mental imagery. How it can not only enhance your learning, but improve performance, help build self-confidence, regulate your emotional state, and more. But you’ve probably also heard that for imagery to be effective, you must be able to generate vivid, clear images (or sounds or kinesthetic sensations). So…what are we...


A Technique for Finding Your Misplaced Car Keys Faster, That Might Also Be Useful in the Practice Room

A Technique for Finding Your Misplaced Car Keys, That Might Also Be Applicable in the Practice Room

“Daaaadddy!! Where’s my wallet???” “I don’t know…where did you put it?” I replied unhelpfully, as I watched my son wander around the apartment muttering “wallet…wallet…wallet” under his breath. Have you ever found yourself repeating out loud the name of the thing you’re looking for as you search for it? Some would suggest that it’s simply a way to make sure we don’t forget what it is that we’re looking for as we engage in our search. But others have wondered if...


How (and Why) Giving Students Choices, Can Dramatically Improve Learning

How (and Why) Giving Students Choices, Can Dramatically Improve Learning

Maybe it’s just my inner control freak, or all those years of violin practice, but whether my kids are practicing piano, Taekwondo, or Mario Kart, it’s very tempting to intervene and direct their practice. Like telling them what to work on, how to work on it, and so on. But then I watch as they try to solve problems in other parts of their life. And whether it’s learning how to use GIMP to create transparent png’s, or creating a homemade earbud holder using a sewing machine, felt, and...