Health and Psychology

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

Preparing (or helping your student prepare) for recitals

Beyond the day to day work of learning an instrument, here are some extra ways to prepare for a good recital experience! The following are just some quick suggestions for the mechanics of performance practice, for more on performing also check the Performance Anxiety FAQ. Listen and play. Listen to … Continue reading


While ideally we like playing to be holistic, in reality, different skills happen at different rates for different musicians.  Periodization is a way to avoid injury and burnout by placing emphasis on different skills at different points in the year.  For beginners, the periodization might be less evident, as there … Continue reading

Performance “Anxiety”

We don’t often talk about the act of performing itself until students are struggling with performance anxiety, or at the very advanced or collegiate level facing rigorous auditions and high pressure performances. I don’t have a great forum to communicate with parents what we work on in class and group … Continue reading