The Musician's Way Newsletter by Gerald Klickstein keeps you informed about topics related to music making, creativity, career building, technology, and diverse aspects of living the musician's life.
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From The Musician's Way Blog

Popular posts from the past two months:
"The meaning in mistakes." Errors are inevitable, but suffering as a result of them is optional.
"Applying for faculty positions." Crucial information that helps aspiring educators compete for jobs.
"Effortless sight-reading." Fluent sight-readers enjoy huge artistic and professional advantages.
"Are conservatories keeping pace?" Amid the upheaval in the music industry, some schools adapt.
"Benefiting from criticism." A three-step process for tapping the power of critiques.

Free Online Backup

DropBox.com provides a convenient way to sync, back up, and share files. Incredibly simple to set up and use. Top-level encryption ensures security. Best of all, 2 GB of space comes absolutely free.

TMW in German

In May, Schott released a German-language edition of The Musician’s Way under the title Beruf: Musiker – Ein Handbuch für die Praxis. Companion resources in German are now posted on MusiciansWay.com.

National Jukebox

The Library of Congress just published its new site National Jukebox, which "makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. At launch, the Jukebox includes more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925.”

Ask Edna

Edna Landau, former Managing Director at IMG, answers musicians’ career-related questions on her free blog, Ask Edna, on the Musical America website. With more than 30 years of experience guiding emerging and established musicians, Edna writes with rare insight. 

Glass in Carmel

Composer Philip Glass has founded a new arts festival in Carmel Valley, California, named The Days and Nights Festival. The 2-week event debuts this August and features, music, theater, dance, film, and poetry. Read more in an article by Brett Campbell on San Francisco Classical Voice.  

Broadway Roadmap

David J. Hahn reveals his route to becoming a Broadway musician in this enlightening series of articles on MusicianWages.com. For a contractor's perspective, watch this video by Broadway veteran John Miller. 

The Essence of Expression

An insightful essay in the New York Times probes the frameworks of musical expression. Can you discern a human performance from a computer-generated one? Test yourself here.

Defuse Conflicts

When we musicians collaborate, our different outlooks can spark creativity and also inflame conflicts. Keys to preventing and resolving conflicts are encapsulated on MindTools.com.

The New NOOK

Barnes and Noble has unveiled a new touchscreen version of their NOOK e-reader with a two-month battery life. The Musician's Way and more than 2 million other titles are now available on Nook.

Video Master Classes

Among the wealth of content on the Carnegie Hall site, the Online Resource Center includes free video master classes by luminaries such as Leon Fleischer, the Emerson String Quartet, and conductor James Levine.

Quality First

TuneCore CEO Jeff Price affirms that artistic quality – more than marketing, looks, or gimmicks – propels musicians to commercial success. Says Price, “The secret to success for a musician is in the art itself."

Get Started

Rather than putting off projects, unleash your creativity using the 6 simple habits described in this classic post on The Musician's Way Blog.

String Visions

Ovation Press just launched String Visions, a forward-thinking blog with articles by an impressive team of authors. A valuable new resource.

What would happen if…? 

Is that the central question that fuels creativity? Artist Betsy Streeter probes the big ‘if’ in this entertaining slideshow.

In this issue

  • Welcome
  • From The Musician's Way Blog
  • Free Online Backup
  • TMW in German
  • National Jukebox
  • Ask Edna
  • Glass in Carmel
  • Broadway Roadmap
  • The Essence of Expression
  • Defuse Conflicts
  • The New NOOK
  • Video Master Classes
  • Quality First
  • Get Started
  • String Visions
  • What Would Happen If...?
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