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...

Why Mediocre Intonation (and Other Accuracy Problems) May Not Be a Practice Issue, but a Focus Issue

Why Mediocre Intonation (and Other Accuracy Problems) May Not Be a Practice Issue, but a Focus Issue

Have you ever found yourself worrying about a tricky passage a couple lines in advance? And totally...

Swear You're Regressing? Why Practicing More Can Lead to Worse Performance

Swear You’re Regressing? Why Practicing Too Much Can Lead to Worse Performance

We all have moments in the practice room when our mind just wanders off like a 5-year old in a toy...

An oft-neglected consideration in audition preparation that could be the difference between a winning performance and a missed opportunity. 

An Oft-Neglected Consideration in Audition Preparation That Could Be the Difference Between a Winning Performance and a Missed Opportunity

For me, 2 months was the sweet spot. That was the point in my competition or audition preparations...

Struggling to Get a Tricky Passage up to Tempo? Try This Ingenious Practice Technique.

Struggling to Get a Tricky Passage up to Tempo? Why “Perfect” Practice May Actually Be the Problem.

It’s been said that we must learn to walk before we can run. Which of course makes perfect...