“Brain Fatigue” and the Best Thing to Do on a Practice Break

Whether we’re practicing, studying, or doing our taxes, there comes a point where our brains begin...

What Causes Choking Under Pressure? (And What Can We Do About It?)

What Causes Choking Under Pressure? (And What Can We Do About It?)

I remember my first studio class in grad school. I was set to play the 5th Paganini Caprice, which I...

WOOP: A Goal-setting Strategy for People Who Don’t Believe in Goal-setting

WOOP: A Goal-Setting Strategy for People Who Don’t Believe in Goal-Setting

You know how many kids grow up with dreams of representing their country in the Olympics, or making...

A Practice Hack That Could Significantly Boost Practice Efficiency (but Probably Won't Feel Like It)

A Practice Hack That Could Significantly Boost Practice Efficiency (but May Not Feel Like It In the Moment)

I don’t know if it’s true, or just my imagination, but I’ve always felt that my most...

A Nifty Mental Hack to Help You Navigate Life’s Challenges More Masterfully

A Nifty Mental Hack to Help You Better Navigate Life’s Challenges

I remember sitting at a desk in my room in spring of my senior year, wondering where I should go for...

Two Ways to Repair Our Bruised Ego After Disappointing Setbacks

Two Ways to Repair Our Bruised Ego After Disappointing Setbacks

It can be a real boost to our self-esteem when we get 1st chair in youth orchestra, are accepted...

Can’t Stop Worrying About Your Upcoming Performance? Here Are 4 Reasons Why - and 4 Ways to Stop.

Can’t Stop Worrying About An Upcoming Performance? Here Are 4 Reasons Why – and 4 Ways to Stop.

Will that check clear in time to pay my Verizon bill? Will this plane get me to my destination...

Why mapping out your day and creating specific goals could be counterproductive

Why Planning Out Your Day in Too Much Detail Could Be Counterproductive

I don’t know if any of my teachers ever said this out loud, or if it was just something I...

Mindful learning (and the day my wife nearly failed her driving test)

Mindful Learning (and the Day My Wife Nearly Failed Her Driving Test)

Whether we are learning how to hold a tennis racket and hit a topspin forehand, or how to position...