I’m calling out the music education establishment. Leadership is NOT just noncommittal statements of solidarity… ASTA, SAA, and other classical music institutions should acknowledge that “fine string playing and teaching” is NOT exclusive to or synonymous with playing classical music. I invite you to challenge them to acknowledge this. That false equivalency feels like a Read more about Classical Music Education should Recognize & Respect Music of All Cultures[…]
If musicians are healers, then equity and justice should matter to us. Because -Teaching requires trying to respect and understand all students. – Playing music goes hand in hand with respecting the culture it comes from -Music should aspire to express love towards ourselves and others. As Michelle Obama said, it’s up to everyone… to Read more about What White Musicians can do to heal the Racial Divide in America[…]
When my family “invited” me to share music that regular people would enjoy, it sounded more like a challenge. So I threw the kitchen sink into this split screen video. Warning: It’s HAPPY (to the point of ridiculous) To help me spread happiness on Facebook, share the video via this link. Each of the five Read more about Can a Violin Do That? Happy Holidays![…]
If you’re frustrated by a sense that your musical growth is stuck, or if you fail to reach musical goals despite spending lots of time in the practice room, sit down with a pen and paper (not your instrument), and follow the steps below. After coaching hundreds of musicians and teachers in both musical and Read more about How to Become a Better & Happier Musician[…]
Listen or read to discover, How to know when and what to play. How to avoid “writers block” (the feeling of having no idea where to start).
How to avoid getting “in a rut” ( stuck repeating the same few ideas) How to make the other musicians you work with feel comfortable and always want to call you back