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20

May

2018

YOUR MONEY OR YOUR LIFE!!

The late, great comedian Jack Benny (who was also a very fine violinist) was known for his (supposed) stinginess spending his own money. In a classic TV skit, Benny was accosted by a robber who commanded him to stick up his hands and demanded “your money or your life”. With his characteristic lengthy pause that […]

01

May

2018

THINKING AND FEELING ABOUT PERFORMING

Performing is not only about playing the music or giving a talk or taking a test. Performing also reveals thoughts and feelings about yourself which, in turn, have an impact on your comfort and competence both on and off stage. In our emotional lives, both unhelpful and helpful thoughts (note: not good and bad thoughts) […]

08

Apr

2018

HOW TO INHIBIT SUCCESS IN MUSIC STUDENTS

A decision to pursue a career in the performing arts is a lifelong and complex undertaking. Musicians begin instrument lessons in early childhood, when the ego and talent are developing simultaneously. During these young vulnerable years and at any age, music teachers and schools can inhibit their creativity, musical and personal growth by emphasizing various […]

19

Mar

2018

A REVISED DREAM: JOURNEY FROM PIANIST TO AUTHOR

I first entered The Juilliard School as a piano student when I was 17 years old. Embarking on a life’s dream since childhood, I was on a journey to become a concert pianist. I did not really know what that meant, but I envisioned playing piano on stage, performing gorgeous music I loved, and wearing […]

01

Jan

2018

Resolutions and Re Solutions for the New Year

I am writing this article on New Year’s morning, 2018. I woke up today and welcomed the new year with the thought of making some resolutions – a ritual that is common for many of us. Have you made any yet? Accomplished any so far? Broken any? Writing this blog has been on my mind […]

21

Dec

2017

ARE YOU A GENIUS?

In the movie Genius, while mulling over his comments on a manuscript by Thomas Wolfe, editor Maxwell Perkins (Max), ponders, “do my edits make his writing better or just different?” As we learn in the movie, Max, who worked closely with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, helped talented young author Thomas Wolfe shape his […]

  • December 21 2017
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29

Nov

2017

Count Down: Managing Stage Fright

It is still November, but to me it almost feels almost like New Years Eve. I can imagine the Ball dropping at Times Square in New York at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 31. I am counting down now ……to November 30. The words of the song “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story come […]

14

Nov

2017

Kermit the Frog Manages Stage Fright

  His voice was raspy and his speech was tentative on the phone when he called to inquire about meeting with me. He sounded anxious as he explained that when he sang in public he warbled and croaked. He said he felt nervous, depressed and blue. He identified himself only as K. We scheduled an […]

01

Sep

2017

Back to School Anxiety and Performance Anxiety

I overheard the following conversations recently: Two teens are talking in an ice cream shop: Teen1: I got just the class schedule I wanted for next year but now I hear they are making changes, and I worry that I am going to have my classes mixed up. I won’t be with my friends if […]

  • September 1 2017
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04

Nov

2015

Lost In Performance

Brilliant Chinese pianist Yundi (Li Yundi), youngest winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in 2000, had a devastating evening according to Korean music critic Ilbum Chang  after attending his October 30th concert at the Seoul Arts Center. Yundi got lost when playing Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra  conducted by David Robertson. The […]

  • November 4 2015
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