Blog of the Week: Two Things You Should Be Clear About Each Moment You Begin To Play

Originally published October 11, 2015 by Bill Plake One of the things I emphasize when I’m coaching a musician is the importance of regularly redirecting  thought whenever practicing or performing. It is this “redirecting” process that is an essential element … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: My Fear of Being a Soloist, Fear of Playing from Memory

Orignially posted by Jennifer Roig-Francoli on June 1, 2015 at artoffreedom.me I mentioned in my last post that Life keeps giving us new challenges to grow from.  My current challenge has to do with performing and memorization. I haven’t done … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: Sometimes Not Breathing Is Believing

Originally published on March 3, 2015 by Andrew McCann at www.alexanderand.com/blog. When I was training as an Alexander Technique teacher, Vivien Mackie—the well-known Alexander teacher and cellist—came to Urbana to visit the Murray’s training course. While in town, she gave a … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: A Shocking Exchange on Facebook about Music and Hard Work

Originally posted on October 29, 2014 by Jennifer Roig-Francolí at www.ArtOfFreedom.me/Blog I had a rather shocking exchange on Facebook the other day, which was shocking mostly because I hadn’t realized how far I’d come in my thinking, away from what I might … Continue reading

Blog of the Week: You can Improve Performance by Doing Less

Why it Works, and 4 Tips to Harness its Power Originally posted by Jennifer Mackerras on October 10, 2013 at www.activateyou.com/blog. Have you ever wondered how the truly great artists manage to create their masterpieces? Have you ever listened to Yo-Yo Ma play … Continue reading