Pre-Performance Routines: How Consistent Do They Need to Be?

Pre-Performance Routines: How Consistent Do They Need to Be?

An Olympic gold medal. Dozens of tournament titles. 14 Grand Slam titles (one of only two male...

Gaze Control: A Way to Keep Anxiety From Spiraling Out of Control at Auditions

Gaze Control: A Way to Keep Anxiety From Spiraling Out of Control at Auditions

It’s been decades since that day I stood in front of a panel of faculty at Curtis for my college...

Why Visualization Ought to Include More than What We See with Our Eyes

Why Visualization Ought to Include More than What We See with Our Eyes

We often hear about athletes’ use of mental imagery techniques in preparation for competition...

10 best articles of 2016

10 Best Articles of 2016

For some reason, even as a little kid, the end of December always felt like a time to look back and...

Stress Impairs Memory...But Here’s a Way to Make Your Memory More Anxiety-Proof

Stress Impairs Memory…But Here’s a Way to Make Your Memory More Anxiety-Proof

I took piano lessons for several years as a child. But I didn’t get very far because I had a...

“Don’t” Instructions vs. “Do” Instructions – Is One Really Better Than the Other?

Stop teasing your sister! Don’t jump on the coffee table! I think I read in a parenting book once...

Mindless Memorization Works OK, but Here's Why Deliberate Memorization Is Way Better

Regular Memorization Works OK, but Here’s Why “Deliberate Memorization” Is Way Better

My daughter began noodling around on the piano a couple years ago, making up songs, and giving them...

Charismatic, inspiring performers - what’s their secret?

Charismatic, Inspiring Performers – What’s Their Secret?

Dancers elicit emotions through movement. Writers do the same through their use of words. As...

“Thinking of Your Performance As a Gift”: Does This Really Work?

Ever notice how your brain can sometimes be your greatest asset, but at other times, a total...