Not A Dead White Guy: Nadia Boulanger

Juliette Nadia Boulanger (16 September 1887 – 22 October 1979). Our first dead, and white, but not a guy (!) person of interest. Representing for the humans with lady parts, she is one of the best.  Wikipedia the amazingness here. Go ahead, we’ll wait. Beyond the awesome resume, there are actually videos of … Continue reading

Teaching Small Children

Teaching a string instrument to the 2.5-5 year old set can be one of the most rewarding, enjoyable, and challenging age groups. Development is rapid and what works best varies wildly between kid and developmental stage. It’s virtually impossible to be bored. We find this is the age group teachers seem … Continue reading

Hollah, Ms. DeLay, Hollah.

Stumbled across this on a post, though it seems totally uncorrelated to the post it is attached to. Here’s more information on Dorthy DeLay. I, probably like many other violinists my age, was lucky enough to be a student of (several) students of Ms. DeLay, so I got a lot of … Continue reading

Carol Dweck Revisits the ‘Growth Mindset’

By Carol Dweck For many years, I secretly worked on my research. I say “secretly” because, once upon a time, researchers simply published their research in professional journals—and there it stayed. However, my colleagues and I learned things we thought people needed to know. We found that students’ mindsets—how they … Continue reading

Get Excited to Perform!

We have more control than we think over our performance anxiety- even a shift in attitude can help us perform better! Getting excited helps with performance anxiety more than trying to calm down, study finds

Ice is not so nice (for healing)

Convincing article on why our dependance on ice may not be the best treatment for our injuries. RICE: the end of an ice age