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Spotlight Series: Aubrey Bergauer

If you’ve been following the news in the classical music world, you’ve probably heard the laundry list of orchestras going on strike or facing lock-outs (Chicago Lyric, Chicago Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, etc.). Add to that the dwindling ticket sales and disappearing audiences,…

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…

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…

Spotlight Series: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier

Today’s Spotlight is shining on Violinist, Teacher, Blogger, Podcaster, and all-around guru of mindful musical work, Renée-Paule Gauthier.    Currently based in Chicago, Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier performs with all the top bands in town: Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Philharmonic and is a…

10 Podcasts I am Loving Right Now

In a recent post, I talked about using podcasts as an incentive to exercising, and I received more messages and comments asking me which podcasts I listen to than about anything else!  So, here are ten that I have been listening to pretty regularly. …

Want to Be More Disciplined? Get a Hobby

Hobbies are awesome.  With our music careers, we are expected to be great. Always.  Mistakes are not always forgiven, so we are under extreme pressure to never make them.  Hobbies are different.  With a hobby, mistakes are allowed.  No pressure. We get all the fun of our successes without any of the consequences of our failures.  And that is a very healthy feeling. 

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,…

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…

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…

Etudes: A Love Story

Anyone who has asked me how/what I practice each day knows that I play an etude every day. Usually I just go through my books of Popper or Piatti,  but sometimes I mix it up.  Every so often I go through a student level…