If you follow Android at all, you’ve probably heard at least a little bit about Google’s hardware event that happened yesterday. Here’s what Google announced. Devices Google announced three main devices yesterday, the Pixel 3 phones, the Pixel Slate tablet, and the Google Home Hub. There were also some accessories […]

Google’s October Hardware Event


classical musician performance anxiety
An interesting blog post over on BulletProofMusician.com takes a look at the difference in levels of performance anxiety between traditionally-trained classical musicians and musicians in other genres. The blog article looks at two different studies. One study by British researchers used 244 musicians, of which about half were classical musicians […]

Performance Anxiety: Classical vs. Pop Musicians



Every year the University of Louisville puts on a clinic to help high school players around the state with the All-State etudes. Each instrument has its own instructor (usually the University professor for that instrument), but this week the UofL brass faculty are doing a tour of Japan, so I […]

2018 KY All-State Horn Clinic Notes


Although it seems like the school year just started a few weeks ago, this a pretty crucial time for the rest of your semester (and year). To me, it seems, that these next few weeks determine how the rest of your school year will go. For students here in Kentucky […]

A Single Habit Now Can Save You Lots of Stress ...



This time of year, most students (or at least most of my students) are beginning to work more diligently on their All-State music. While July and August are taken up with marching band camps and some intense after-school rehearsals, by the end of September most schools are doing at least […]

Practice Roadblocks? 2 Quick Fixes to Try First!


A doctoral dissertation by tubist Golden Lund from the University of Nebraska takes a look at one of the biggest challenges facing any perspective orchestral player – audition preparation. In his document, he examines how different (successful) teachers prepare their students for auditions – looking for similarities and differences that […]

3 Famous Tuba Players Talk Audition Preparation



be your own motor
It’s been about a month since my last blog post mentioning Seth Godin, so it’s about time to bring him up again. This blog post from August 1 of this year sums up one of the biggest casualties from our increasingly reactive environment: self-motivation. Many things we do now put […]

Be Your Own Motor


It looks like Julie Landsman is making the rounds to all sorts of different musical blogs, and her insights continue to be both interesting and energizing! A few weeks ago I posted about several different interviews that Julie Landsman has done – two different Horn Hangouts with Sarah Willis, an […]

Another [Great] Julie Landsman Interview!