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Dogs…A Musician’s Best Friend?

Reading is often thought of as a calming and relaxing activity. Something you might do before going...

A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

A Common Personality Factor That Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

Looking back at all my years of school, from Pre-K through the end of grad school, I think the...

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

You’ve undoubtedly heard musicians, athletes, teachers, coaches, and psychologists alike, extol...

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...

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...

The Upside-down Bow, and Why It's Valuable to Play in Ways You Never Would on Stage

The Upside-Down Bow, and Why It’s Valuable to Play in Ways You Never Would on Stage

One of the most memorable exercises I can recall from my Suzuki days was the one where I was asked...

Why you may need a

Why You May Need a “Not-To-Do” List to Achieve Important Goals

Whether it’s winning the Tchaikovsky Competition, recording all 6 Bach Cello Suites, running a...

The upside of boredom

The Upside of Boredom

From Skype to Slack to Google Docs, it’s pretty incredible what we can do with the phones we carry...

Having a Bad Practice Day? Turn It Around with This 3-phase Self-regulation Strategy.

Having a Bad Practice Day? Turn It Around with This 3-Phase Self-Regulation Strategy.

As a kid, I remember enjoying lessons much more than I enjoyed practicing. After all, practicing was...