Why Mediocre Intonation (and Other Accuracy Problems) May Not Be a Practice Issue, but a Focus Issue

Why Mediocre Intonation (and Other Accuracy Problems) May Not Be a Practice Issue, but a Focus Issue

Have you ever found yourself worrying about a tricky passage a couple lines in advance? And totally...

Swear You're Regressing? Why Practicing More Can Lead to Worse Performance

Swear You’re Regressing? Why Practicing Too Much Can Lead to Worse Performance

We all have moments in the practice room when our mind just wanders off like a 5-year old in a toy...

An oft-neglected consideration in audition preparation that could be the difference between a winning performance and a missed opportunity. 

An Oft-Neglected Consideration in Audition Preparation That Could Be the Difference Between a Winning Performance and a Missed Opportunity

For me, 2 months was the sweet spot. That was the point in my competition or audition preparations...

Struggling to Get a Tricky Passage up to Tempo? Try This Ingenious Practice Technique.

Struggling to Get a Tricky Passage up to Tempo? Why “Perfect” Practice May Actually Be the Problem.

It’s been said that we must learn to walk before we can run. Which of course makes perfect...

Why It's Important to Know (and use) Your

Why It’s Important to Know (and Use) Your “Signature Strengths”

That’s out of tune! Now it feels rushed. Hmm…the sound is a bit forced; doesn’t ring enough. ...

Having Difficulty Believing You Can Play a Flawless Audition? Forget Feedback; Try “feedforward.”

Having Difficulty Believing You Can Play a Flawless Audition? Forget Feedback; Try “Feedforward.”

When I was a little kid, my mom used to put on a recording of a piece I was about to perform, and...

How Being Too Quick to Offer Feedback Can Degrade Learning

Why Being Too Quick to Offer Feedback Can Degrade Learning

I remember a lesson many years ago, when my teacher told me that her goal was for me to learn how to...

How to win an audition: Advice and strategies from 3 renowned performer/teachers

How to Win an Audition: Advice and Strategies from 3 Renowned Performer/Teachers

Auditions may be many things, but for most musicians, “fun” is not one of them.

PETTLEP: A 7-point “How-To” Guide for Visualization

A 7-point “How-To” Guide for Effective Mental Practice

With the Olympics just around the corner, you’re likely to come across an article or two...