Practicing When Fatigued: Helpful, or Not Worth the Effort?

Practicing When Fatigued: Helpful, or Not Worth the Effort?

Playing the violin may not seem like an especially strenuous activity, but I nonetheless remember...

a clever practice hack that could make practicing more enjoyable

A Clever Practice Hack From Behavioral Economics That Could Make Practicing More Enjoyable

We all know that exercise is good for us. But developing and maintaining an exercise habit is much...

Quiet Eye: A Technique to Enhance Performance When You're Nervous

“Quiet Eye”: A Technique to Enhance Performance When You’re Nervous

Whether it’s sight-reading a tricky piece in rehearsal, playing our least comfortable excerpt in a...

The performance benefits of a

The Performance Benefits of a “Can-Do” Attitude

When you hear the phrase “I think I can…I think I can…I think I can,” you probably think...

A Simple Practice Scheduling Hack That Couldn't Possibly Be as Effective as It Seems

A Simple Practice Scheduling Hack That Couldn’t Possibly Be as Effective as It Seems

In my experience, practice room culture in music schools is a bit like the gym. There are people...

A Metronome Practice Strategy for Musicians That Hate Metronomes

A Metronome Practice Strategy for Musicians Who Hate Metronomes

I imagine every musician has been encouraged to practice with a metronome at some point. And there...

How to Give Students Critical Feedback Without Crushing Their Confidence

How to Give Students Critical Feedback Without Crushing Their Confidence

One day, not so long ago, my wife and I sat down with our resident 5th grader to review his homework...

Research Suggests That You Can Learn to Perform Well Even When You’re Nervous. Here’s How.

Research Suggests That You Can Learn to Perform Well Even When You’re Nervous. Here’s How.

Let’s say you stumbled across a genie in a bottle, who granted you the wish of an ideal practice...

The Surprising Truth about Learning Styles

The Surprising Truth about Learning Styles

Remember those pre-smartphone days of yore when you had to ask a stranger for directions whenever...