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

Stress-Free Practicing #1: What’s Your WHY?

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 the first in a series of blogposts highlighting all 10 days! … Continue reading

What Can a Musician/Artist Do When Uninspired?

I like the idea that came to me one day, that there are little “Doubt-Monsters” (DM) (see this post) that like to make us think negative thoughts and feel negative feelings that get in our way, preventing us from creating … Continue reading

Transforming My Negative Thoughts on Taking an Audition

I worked on the cadenza of the Tschaikovsky concerto today. The hardest thing about practicing for me these days is the idea that I only have a short amount of time to prepare for an audition at the end of … Continue reading

How Musicians Can Smile Through Stress…Even Though It FEELS LIKE HELL!!!

I haven’t written about this before, because it has seemed too personal. But being a musician…an artist…a human being……is PERSONAL. I have been striving for MANY years to integrate all aspects of my self, and that includes my work. Many people … Continue reading

No More High Heels For Me!!

I’m writing this during the intermission of a concert I’m playing with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, because I just experienced an interesting phenomenon with my shoes! I always recommend to my students NOT to wear high-heeled shoes, because … Continue reading

The Best Way to Deal with Musical Mistakes

The Alexander Technique is primarily a preventive technique. F.M. Alexander said, “Mine is a method for the control of human reaction.” The more we get to know ourselves, our tendencies, habits, and preferences, the more sensitive we become to subtle … Continue reading

3 Magic Phrases

My “3 Magic Phrases”: “I am free I don’t have to do anything I have time and space” They imply and include the “Reflection Phrases”: “You are free You don’t have to do anything You have time and space” “I … Continue reading