Five Keys to Practicing Success

July 26, 2021

Five Musical Keys To Practicing Success Part One: Have Musical Heroes In the early stages, and in every stage, of your musical journey take advantage of learning from people who have mastered skills you are working on, who have meaningful careers in music, or who have incorporated music into their…

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“Heroes”, Phillip Glass Symphony No. 4

May 31, 2021

The title and the musical content say more than any blog ever could. The truly wonderful thing about music lies in the ability to express the “in between”, the events, feelings, thoughts, and emotions that cannot be captured in words. Glass creates the central themes based on the music of…

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Memorial Day

May 30, 2021

I was recently very proud of my brother Jared, a decorated Marine Corps Colonel, a wonderful husband and father, and generally great guy! He gave a speech on the topic of Memorial Day and said, “What did they die for? To protect our freedom and our way of life.” Jared…

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“When the student is ready, the teacher appears. When the student is truly ready, the teacher disappears!” – Lao tzu

May 16, 2021

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears. When the student is truly ready, the teacher disappears!” – Lao tzu Never a truer statement! It’s so much fun to receive calls, texts, and emails from former students and to hear how their careers and lives are developing as adults. Some…

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Yo Yo Ma

May 12, 2021

If ever there was a greater act of power, beauty, grace, knowledge, and ease I have never seen or heard it. A life-long learner, Yo Yo Ma has performed and recorded the Bach, Six Cello Suites many times, but to play all of them so effortlessly, so flawlessly from memory…

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Music Communicates What Words Can’t

May 2, 2021

Music crosses the language and cultural barriers that often make communication difficult. I cherish my experiences as a performer and as a listener. This music, from Steve Reich, performed by Alarm Will Sound, musicians I had the pleasure of knowing when we all studied at the Eastman School of Music,…

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Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

April 22, 2021

From a great master, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) performed by equally impressive musicians reminds me that as artists we must always continually strive to appreciate, contribute, and inspire beauty in our own lives and those of others.

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April 11, 2021

I teach because I want children going off into the world feeling confident, knowing that hard work, practice, listening, trial and error, failure and success has earned their own “thumbs up”, regardless of any outcome of an audition, interview, exam, or performance. Artificial rewards have no value compared to really…

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April 5, 2021

As artists, musicians, composers, writers we all thrive in creativity. Studying and understanding what came before us gives us inspiration, the reason it is so important to familiarize ourselves with the past in order to bring something new into play. Max Richter’s “Reimagining Vivaldi”, a very beautiful and contemporary take…

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Connection, the Essence of Creativity

March 28, 2021

“But this is not the sickness unto death. Fulfillment comes from bringing forth that which is within you, connecting to that which is greater than you, everywhere, that which is God, and in grounding oneself in love for the whole world. The sickness unto death is the despair that comes…

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