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Are You on the Wrong Train?

“Have you ever had a conversation that seemed innocent enough at the time, but with hindsight you realize was one of the most monumental moments of your life?” Years ago, when I was still living in Boston, I was living a double life. I…

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Last week, we talked about figuring out the kind of location that best suits our individual nature and the idea that as classical musicians, we often just let inertia decide where we are going to live our lives.  How we often end up either…

Are You a City Mouse or Country Mouse At Heart?

The question of where one prefers to live is as old as Aesop himself. The City mouse scoffs at the simplicity of Country Mouse’s life but the Country Mouse prefers the safety of his quiet life (rather than be attacked by dogs in the…

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.

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.