A Parent Asks, "How often should my child be practicing?"

I received an E-mail from a parent in Warren County, New Jersey who was inquiring into piano lessons for their 13 year old. “How many hours per week should they be practicing?” they asked. This is a great question, and one that many people have. I would like to share my response for others whoContinue reading “A Parent Asks, "How often should my child be practicing?"”

Fear, Anxiety, Self-Confidence & Singing

Have you ever noticed that people who sing are often happier, less anxious, and have a greater sense of who they are? It turns out that singing is one of the most effective ways of transforming even the most timid person into an autonomous, self-assured, and confident person. The Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler proposed that weContinue reading “Fear, Anxiety, Self-Confidence & Singing”

The Skill of Sight-Reading

I recall the moment when I decided to work at becoming a more skillful sight-reader. I was taking an audition as a trombonist with a rural orchestra in Pennsylvania. I had just performed for one season with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima, in Peru, ¬†and assumed that the experience had prepared me for the audition.Continue reading “The Skill of Sight-Reading”