February 9, 2016

It’s Not a Matter of Position

This article on performing freely came out today in The Strad and I was overjoyed to read this passage: When we watch very good players, we […]
February 20, 2015

Music + Mucus = Unity

Today before her lesson a student blew her nose and said, “We’re rehearsing a piece with very fast sixteenth notes. It makes my nose run.” I […]
February 10, 2015

A Party in Your Brain

If you didn’t already believe in the enormous benefits of playing music, this charming article (it comes with a video!) is ready to convince you. Playing […]
October 27, 2014

This is Your Child’s Brain on Music

“…lead researcher Sylvain Moreno…found that music training enhanced the children’s “executive function”—that is, their brains’ ability to plan, organize, strategize and solve problems. And he found […]
March 1, 2014

It’s All About Allowing

Because I keep talking about it, here is the Bernard Purdie video about ghost notes. Mr. Purdie’s use is stellar, and he effortlessly maintains a unified […]
January 6, 2014

This is Your Brain on Improvisation

A study from the UK, source of all cool studies, has found measurable differences in brain function while musicians improvise. What’s surprising is that the same […]
September 26, 2013

The Good Stuff

This morning in my role as assistant on the OCAT teacher training course, I was asked to share some of the good things about being an […]
July 12, 2013

Neck Pain Study

  Here’s a heads-up (ha ha) about another large-scale study of the Alexander Technique, this time on neck pain treatment. The study will look at how both the […]
April 26, 2013

Listen to Yourself

Maaike Aarts has a great website. She blogs occasionally, and when her recent post about auditioning came across my desk it piqued my interest right away. […]
February 14, 2013

Why Stopping (Every 90 Minutes) Makes Us More Productive

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder,” but what does it really mean? What does “smart work” look like? For starters, smart work stops […]