Expressing Musical Emotion without Tension?

I taught an online masterclass for violinists and violists last Sunday*, and – as always – some very interesting ideas came up in response to the music offered. [*CLICK HERE to join my next online masterclass on healthy violin/viola posture/setup] I’d … Continue reading

How to Find Internal Motivation to Practice – Being Me

Finding motivation to practice is not difficult for me when I have a clear goal, such as a performance to prepare for. What I find challenging is to find compelling and consistent internal motivation to practice in the absence of an … Continue reading

My Onstage Disaster: What it Taught Me about Perfection and Happiness

This is a personal story by one of my CCM students, an oboist named Jacob Martin. Jacob had one semester of Alexander Technique lessons with me while doing his Masters in music this year. I’m not a gullible person. So … Continue reading

Exploring My Resistance to Practicing

In this deeply personal post, I’m sharing how I’m currently exploring my resistance to practicing, which is a recurring lifelong theme that crops up from time to time to help me grow and move forward as an artist, person, and … Continue reading

7 Tips for Violinists Who Feel Discomfort While Playing

Question: I feel stiffness and discomfort when I play my violin. What can I do? I specialize in helping violinists discover more freedom and ease in the mind and body while practicing and performing, thereby reducing or eliminating pain, tension, … Continue reading

Practicing Don Juan with Alexander Technique and My Inner Critic!

I’ve been doing a lot of deep work with myself, my violin, and the Alexander Technique when I practice these days. I’m discovering anew that making real, fundamental change can be scary, because it means confronting the Unknown and experiencing … Continue reading

Stress-Free Practicing #3: Achieving Goals and “End-Gaining”

Food for Thought #3: “End-Gaining” There’s a concept in the Alexander Technique called “End-Gaining”. Simply put, end-gaining is when you’re too attached to the outcome and don’t pay enough attention to the steps required to get there. We all have … Continue reading

What’s an Intelligent Way to Improve a Musical Passage?

In case you missed “Jennifer’s 10-Day EASY Holiday Practice Challenge”, I thought I’d share some of the content from the emails here, including the daily “Food for Thought” ideas. This post is #2 in a series of blogposts highlighting all 10 days! Sign up … Continue reading