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The Musician's Way Newsletter explores music making, creativity, career building, technology, and diverse aspects of living the musician's life. Enjoy! Gerald Klickstein

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From The Musician's Way Blog

The Power of a Practice Schedule. 6 benefits of regular practice.
Effortless Sight-Reading. How to build up fluent sight-reading skills.
The Sustainability Triangle. 3 crucial components of enduring arts careers.
The Master-Apprentice Model Is Dead. Today's aspiring musicians need multiple mentors.


Take a Friend

Drew McManus writes about the orchestra business on his blog Adaptistration. Every April he promotes an event he calls Take a Friend to the Orchestra, which inspires me to suggest that all of us music lovers should adopt a similar practice and periodically take friends to concerts that they typically wouldn't attend. We'll support our industry if we do.


Musical Connections

Musicians and arts organizations seeking to do community work will benefit from the free Musical Connections Resources on the Carnegie Hall website.


Opening Up about Beta-Blockers

Many musicians covertly use beta-blockers to counter adrenaline-fueled jitters when they perform. Some, though, are speaking openly about how and why they use them. In March, Roger Kaza, principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, spoke frankly to the Post-Dispatch. For more about the pros and cons of using beta-blockers, see "Musicians and Beta-Blockers" on The Musician's Way Blog.


New Creativity Books

Mason Curry's new book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work along with Making Your Creative Mark by Eric Maisel provide valuable guidance to people seeking to jumpstart creative projects.


Competition Indexes

Discover classical music competitions worldwide by searching the World Federation of International Music Competitions, the Musical America Online Directory, and Bridge. Are competitions worth the effort? I tackle that issue in my article "The Competition Question."


The Multiplier Effect

Vibrant arts institutions can drive tourism and other economic activity. Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser points to this multiplier effect in his recent article "Advocating for the Arts" in The Huffington Post.


Not-So-Royal Royalties

In the May issue of Berklee's Music Business Journal, author Stephen Marcone demonstrates in "The Poverty of Artist Royalties" that recorded music has become a promotional tool for the vast majority of artists and not a significant source of revenue.


Unleashing Improvisation

An improvisation course at Princeton enables students to extend the boundaries of their musical creativity. News at Princeton sums up the course and reveals several of the instructors' teaching strategies.


Music Startups

In late May, Venture Beat magazine profiled Three Music Startups on the Upswing. Performers can find resources to start new-century performance ventures via the resources on the Music Careers page at MusiciansWay.com.


Extreme Machover

Innovative composer Todd Machover's keynote address from the 2013 Chamber Music America conference is available to view for free on the CMA site. He speaks about emerging technologies and what CMA calls his "increasingly daring and expansive projects."


The Connection Economy

Seth Godin describes the six things that matter most in the connection economy and that help musicians, organizations, and others succeed in our post-industrial world.


Find a Piano Tuner

The Piano Technicians Guild operates a free tool to search for piano technicians in the US, Canada, and internationally. Numerous other piano links are posted in the Piano Resources section at MusiciansWay.com.


Borrowing a Score

On the Musical America Blog, Brian Taylor Goldstein explains the issues involved in borrowing musical scores and obtaining rights to perform music in public.


Measuring Sound Levels

A crucial step in protecting our hearing is for us to measure the sound levels we're exposed to, especially during rehearsals and performances. Info about sound level meters is posted at MusiciansWay.com. For hearing health guidelines, see pages 277-291 of The Musician's Way.


Stage Power

Four critical elements enable a performer to project a commanding presence from the stage. I encapsulate them in my article "Stage Power."


In This Issue

  • Welcome
  • From The Musician's Way Blog
  • Take a Friend
  • Musical Connections
  • Opening up about Beta-Blockers
  • New Creativity Books
  • Competition Indexes
  • The Multiplier Effect
  • Not-So-Royal Royalties
  • Unleashing Improvisation
  • Music Startups
  • Extreme Machover
  • The Connection Economy
  • Find a Piano Tuner
  • Borrowing a Score
  • Measuring Sound Levels
  • Stage Power
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