Category: Teaching

Progress Stalled Out? Here’s How to Reach Your Goals Faster (Without Burning Out)

  In all of my research into productivity, personal and professional growth, and coaching, I’ve found two general schools of thought when it comes to making progress on something:    Slow and steady wins the race.  Go Big or Go Home.    But the… Continue Reading “Progress Stalled Out? Here’s How to Reach Your Goals Faster (Without Burning Out)”

It’s Time to Kon-Mari Our Careers

March of 2020: Performances were canceled mid-rehearsal cycle. Some managed to pay the musicians. Most did not. That seemed horribly unfair.    May 2020: Still no gigs, and all summer concerts, camps, and festivals canceled. With no work for the foreseeable future, musicians were… Continue Reading “It’s Time to Kon-Mari Our Careers”

Welcome to Your Experimental Year

Well, here we are! Another Labor Day.   Whether your school year started in August, or will in the coming days, Labor Day Weekend always signifies the official end of summer and the beginning of fall.    Last year, though….it all kind of blurred… Continue Reading “Welcome to Your Experimental Year”

Zoomed Out? Here’s What You Can Do

“I’m just SO Zoomed Out”   How many times have you heard that phrase in the past few weeks? From your teenagers, your students, maybe you’ve even uttered those words yourself.  People are saying that they never want to look at a computer again… Continue Reading “Zoomed Out? Here’s What You Can Do”

Finish Strong: Battling Our Collective Senioritis.

A few Sundays ago, I hopped into the morning group session for my Bridge Online Cello Studio.  My students are a bunch of smart, hard-working, enthusiastic, and generally awesome people between the ages of 15 and 20. They are super talented, and they show… Continue Reading “Finish Strong: Battling Our Collective Senioritis.”

Spotlight Series: Jaime Slutzky

Musicians around the world had no choice but to take their teaching online when the pandemic hit last year. They learned the basics virtually overnight, dove in, and started counting down the minutes until they could “return to normal.”  But after 13 months of… Continue Reading “Spotlight Series: Jaime Slutzky”

5 Ways to Gain More Career Clarity

  Searching for my ideal work/life situation has been a long process for me. From orchestral player to freelancer to recitalist, to teacher, to coach, etc. I have basically made a career out of experimenting with shifting balances and jobs until I found just… Continue Reading “5 Ways to Gain More Career Clarity”

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 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 4)

(This is the fourth in a 5-part series)   The other day I got a nice surprise email from an acquaintance of mine from Boston. This woman was a regular at my concerts. Not a cellist herself, but a huge fan, and she always… Continue Reading “The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 4)”

The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 1)

(This is the first in a 5-part series)   Last week, inside the Tales From The Lane Facebook Group, I hosted a 3-day training on how musicians can take advantage of the opportunities presented by our current circumstances to re-write not only their careers… Continue Reading “The 5 People You Need Around You to Find Success (Part 1)”