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From The Musician's Way Blog
When Every Note Vibrates with Life. 7 ways to ignite expressiveness.
Starting Practice with Intention. Launch each session with optimal focus.
Glorious Details. 6 strategies that bring enjoyment to deliberate practice.
Optimizing Practice Time. "Of all my skills, none is more important than the ability to organize my time." -Twyla Tharpe
Journey, Not Outcome
In May, soprano Joyce DiDonato stood before the graduating class of the Juilliard School and, in a stirring commencement speech, advised, "Commit to the journey, not the outcome."
A recent article on Hypebot.com lists 10 Rules for Promoting Your Live Show with Facebook Events.
Concerned that audiences might not appreciate your aesthetic? Research described on npr.org illustrates a way to boost the appeal of unfamiliar music.
Anthony Tommasini published an outstanding piece in The New York Times that explores the nature of musical dissonance.
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Deadlines have the potential to help or hinder our productivity, depending on our temperaments and the tasks at hand. Read more at FastCompany.com.
An article on the Buffer Blog serves up strategies that help us generate fresh ideas.
Zoom H6 Reviews
Users of Zoom portable recorders have been praising the new H6, which trumps all other compact recorders on the market. Check it out at Amazon.
A Thriving Orchestra
Many US orchestras are floundering, but Orchestra Iowa has a robust business model.
Hear the Music
Marshall Chasin's book Hear the Music: Hearing Loss Prevention for Musicians is available as a free pdf. Also see my article, "Hear Today. Hear Tomorrow."
Chamber Music America offers Residency Partnership Grants that cover up to 75% of project costs. Jazz, classical, and world music groups are eligible. Amounts range up to $12,000. Apply by October 31.
Succeeding at Auditions
In April, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Bassoonist William Short published a blog titled, "Auditioning for the MET Orchestra."
Inspired by the TV show Shark Tank, in which budding entrepreneurs seek funding from a panel of shark-like tycoons, the Arizona Commission on the Arts initiated an Art Tank experiment to award funds to arts organizations, and with interesting results.
At the University of Rochester, computer science students are helping singers learn their vowels.
July 2014 marks 5 years of MusiciansWay.com, and I'll be celebrating with a book giveaway and more. Follow The Musician's Way Blog and Facebook page for updates. Thanks for your support!