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...

Learning Something New? Try This Mental Practice Tweak That Could Accelerate the Learning Process.

Learning Something New? Try This Mental Practice Tweak That Could Accelerate the Learning Process.

There are many stories of athletes who visualized themselves practicing before going to bed, whether...

The Whack-a-Mole Phenomenon - and the Most Effective Way to Learn a New Skill?

The Whack-a-Mole Phenomenon – and a More Effective Way to Learn New Skills

I remember the first time my kids went to Dave & Buster’s, and how their eyes lit up when they saw...

Is It True That We Tend to Underestimate Our Abilities, or Is This Just Wishful Thinking?

Is It True That We Tend to Underestimate Our Abilities, or Is This Just Wishful Thinking?

It was the beginning of my sophomore year in college, and I had just returned to school from one of...

An Unusual Way to Reduce Day-of-performance Stress and Anxiety

An Unusual Way to Reduce Day-of-performance Stress and Anxiety

For many musicians, the day of a big performance or audition has a familiar, and uniquely...

Why Imagery Is Totally Worth Doing Even From an Early Age

How Young Is Too Young for Imagery to Be Effective?

From homework to chores to soccer practice to play dates, kids nowadays have an awful lot on their...

What It Means If Your Mind Wanders When You’re Practicing

What It Means If Your Mind Wanders When You’re Practicing

Whether you’re driving to the grocery store, going for a run, or practicing your scales, have you...