March 24, 2017

How making two small commitments to yourself can maximize your time and accelerate growth.

If you’re anything like me, practicing during a busy semester can be overwhelming. At any given moment you’re responsible for learning solo repertoire, pieces for ensembles, and e...

February 26, 2016





It might be simple, but simple things aren’t always easy.








All through middle school, high school, and college, my teachers would tell me, “Hear it before you play it.” Simple enough, right? To play the right note or play with good tone, “I only had to hear it...

November 13, 2015

What is transposition?


“Transposition or transposing in music means playing or writing music in a different key. Transposing music means making it sound higher or lower. Transposing is a useful skill for people who play an instrument, especially the piano or organ.”



October 2, 2015

Why use a Practice Routine?


Routines can be a performer’s best friend when done well and an enormous waste of time and energy when done poorly. A routine can help ensure that we hit all the important fundamentals required to play our instrument well in a sequence that...

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