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From The Musician's Way Blog
Communicating with Teachers. Ways that students can get more out of lessons.
Safely Increasing Practice Time. Crucial info for musicians to avoid overuse injuries.
How to Avoid Excessive Student Debt. Ten debt-management strategies that every student and parent should know.
Benefiting from Criticism. The road to improvement is paved with evaluations.
Defending Real Education
In his new book, Why Teach?, University of Virginia professor Mark Edmundson illuminates the rewards of deep learning and passionate teaching. His work received a glowing review in The New York Times.
The Look of Music
A recent study by musician and researcher Chia-Jung Tsay reinforced the importance of performers' visual communication. Study participants "were better able to identify the winners of classical music competitions by watching silent video clips than by listening to audio recordings." Read more in "The Look of Music," published in the Harvard Gazette. Also see "The Essence of Stage Presence" on The Musician's Way Blog.
To Grow in Kindness
This past spring, George Saunders delivered an eloquent commencement speech at Syracuse University that subsequently reverberated across the globe. He challenged graduates not to singlemindedly ascend the ladders of career success but to be kinder.
Female Music Entrepreneurs
51 women in the music business share nuggets of wisdom in Ariel Hyatt's inspiring post published earlier this year.
Boy Does Fine
2013 has been good to pianist Jeremy Denk. In the spring, he signed a contract with Random House to publish a book he'll write to be titled Every Good Boy Does Fine. Then, in September, it was announced that he had received a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" of $625,000. Classical musicians: take note.
Video Editing Made Easy
It's hard to imagine how anyone could make video and audio editing software that could be simpler to use or less expensive than AVS. Now, for the month of October, they've slashed prices by 70%.
Are concert presenters in the US obliged to accommodate disabled audience members who request accommodations in advance? Read key guidelines in the Musical America arts law blog.
Reselling Digital Music. Not.
If we buy a book or music score and no longer want it, we can legally sell it. Oddly, a US District Court ruled this spring that the same right doesn't apply to audio files that we buy. Read the central issues in a post on the OUPBlog titled "The End of Ownership."
Future of Music
The 2013 Future of Music Summit will take place in Washington, DC on October 28 & 29. Details are posted on the Future of Music Coalition website.
Why Write Symphonies?
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts answers that question in a recent article on the NPR Blog.
$10 Conference Registration
Musicians age 25 and under can attend the January 2014 Chamber Music America conference in New York for a registration fee of merely $10.
A Performer's X-Factor
The popular site Bachtrack published a rave review of this summer's Ravinia Festival debut by cellist Amit Peled. The reviewer commented on the performer's exquisite playing and also observed that his manner of speaking had his audience "eating out of his hand." An X-factor that can enhance any performance, musicians can master the craft of speaking to listeners through practice performances.
The Essence of Being a Musician
In the Los Angeles Times, cellist Zoe Keating reflects on her ten years working full time as an indie musician. She says that despite the transformations taking place in the music industry, "the essence of being a musician remains the same: We make music, and we want people to hear it."
A Different Kind of Slow Practice
Slow practice can help us gain the mastery we need to play fast or it can mire us in habits that impede rapid execution. In my article "A Different Kind of Slow Practice," I itemize 5 ways we can practice slowly and instill up-tempo habits.