Preventing discomfort or pain for pianists starts by addressing the underlying cause of the problem.
While practicing mindfulness, we bring attention to bodily sensations and sounds. Here are five ways that mindfulness can benefit your music career.
Networking skills for musicians are essential. This is something we hear about for achieving success in our field. But networking is frequently misunderstood.
With their conservatories, colleges and universities closed and classes moved online, music majors have found the COVID virus disruption posing interesting challenges.
Think your days of writing and attending to spelling and punctuation rules are over? Think again, proofreading for music majors is very important!
Majoring in music and sleep; can you really fit these into the same sentence? The campus culture, especially if you’re a music major, may give lip service
Dual degrees, double majors, and music minors…What do these really mean? And what do they entail? For many high school music students, majoring in music, by itself, feels limiting.
Most student musicians inevitably reach a point when they feel stuck. It’s as if they’ve reached their limit, their highest point, and can’t go any further. They keep doing the same routine over and over but don’t experience any growth.
Prospective and current music education majors... you’ll be facing a very different job market than in the past. To be employable, you’ll be required to have a broader set of skills and be far more flexible in where and how you work. And it won’t work for you to wait until you’re ready to graduate to start looking for a job.
Who will you study with and how will they serve your understanding and growth as your musical mentor.
Butterflies in the stomach; sweaty palms; negative self-talk; stomach pain; dry mouth; excessive swallowing; shortness of breath; fuzzy thinking; avoidance; or giving up. These are some of the signs and symptoms of performance anxiety.
Programs, professors and opportunities are all extremely important, but should not be the only considerations for deciding on which grad school to attend.
Is crowdfunding a good idea for finding your way to a summer music program?
In many ways, now is the best time to be a musician. Thanks to social media and the internet, you have access to an audience that artists only dreamed of a mere 5 years ago; you have the same distribution channels as the megastars; and you’re not dependent on major media outlets for validation... you can leverage your own social media!
College voice degrees - knowing the difference can help a singer choose the right degree for his or her career path.
Music competitions are a regular part of life for many students who plan to go to music school and seek a career in music. Three “realities” of music competitions:
There are three common reasons why students feel apprehensive about learning music theory. They are either intimidated by it, they think it will somehow stifle their creativity, or the study of music theory bores them to death.
Every musician has to learn the art of practicing. Nobody will deny that it can feel like a chore sometimes, perhaps even more often than not, but to become a successful musician you have to learn how to love it.
Whether you're having some kind of pain with playing, tension that you know isn't working for you, or are just interested in playing with more freedom and ease, the Alexander Technique can help.
Maria Schneider shares insights on how to start a band with equally committed band members.