Category: Practicing

How to Turn a Rejection Into a Win

  As a high school musician growing up outside of Chicago, one of the coveted “wins” was to be a finalist in the Chicago Symphony Young Artists competition.  After the prelims, you’d stay at home, waiting for the phone to ring with the news… Continue Reading “How to Turn a Rejection Into a Win”

The Practice of Practicing

Peter Wiley, professor of cello at the Curtis Institute and Bard College and Conservatory, and of Beaux Arts Trio and Guarneri String Quartet fame, came in to do a masterclass for my Bridge Online Cello Studio students yesterday. We were about 15 minutes in… Continue Reading “The Practice of Practicing”

What Makes You A Musician?

There is a question commonly asked amongst people in the Armenian diaspora: What makes someone Armenian? You see, just over 100 years ago, and throughout history (and into this week, sadly) Armenians have been displaced from their homeland and have spread out all over… Continue Reading “What Makes You A Musician?”

Lacking the Motivation to Practice?  Focus on Your Systems, Not Your Goals.

It’s scary to see an uncertain future and not know where or how the goals you set out for yourself fit into it. But what if you could shift away from the Goals themselves, and focus on your Systems instead?

The January Practice Cure

Transform both your practice space and your habits with this Month-long project. Each day you’ll be emailed a small, easy to accomplish task to set you up for a successful year.

Would You Be Better Off Having a Daily Routine? (Yes)

  The artists and musicians I know fall into one of two camps.  They either have a strict daily routine for when they are going to practice, teach, eat and do admin work, or they just go with the flow and do whatever they… Continue Reading “Would You Be Better Off Having a Daily Routine? (Yes)”

Understanding Intention–What You Need to Know Before You Practice

This post was written as a guest blog post for Honesty Pill .  Check out what they are doing over there and grab some more fantastic insight into practicing habits, mindset, and audition prep! It’s always easy to practice a piece that is brand new to… Continue Reading “Understanding Intention–What You Need to Know Before You Practice”

Back From Vacation? 8 ways to Get Back Into Your Practice Groove.

Today is Labor Day, our modern-day signal that summer is over and we all have to get back to work.  Whether you spent the last three months studying or playing at various festivals and camps? Or maybe you took some time off to travel,… Continue Reading “Back From Vacation? 8 ways to Get Back Into Your Practice Groove.”

Summer Festival Not in the Cards This Year? 10 Steps to Making This Your Most Epically Productive Summer Anyway.

Summer is here! (YESSS) If you’re off to learn/teach/perform at a summer festival or two, then you’re certainly in for a busy and inspiring 8 weeks.  But what if you’re not? Whether it’s due to financial considerations or because life is just requiring you… Continue Reading “Summer Festival Not in the Cards This Year? 10 Steps to Making This Your Most Epically Productive Summer Anyway.”

My Top 10 Favorite Books for Musicians

The ends of the concert season and school year are approaching and (thankfully!) bringing along the slower pace of the summer.  Even if we have a full schedule of festivals and concerts, there is a bit more free time between June and September.  It’s… Continue Reading “My Top 10 Favorite Books for Musicians”