Slow Practice

Last week I had a dream. It was the afternoon of a performance with the New…


Reverse Grab Bag

There is nothing like a really long break to clear one’s head. Thanks to the…


Oh, Purple Sage

It’s not the students playing Beethoven and Chopin that are challenging when it…


Metronome Mountain

Recently a friend and I were talking about our teaching. In passing, I…


ColdPlay

This was first posted in June 2015, but the concept of ColdPlay is timeless.…


A Terror

Matt sometimes tells people that he lives with the person who thinks more about…


School Supplies

School started last week. Yep. Read it and weep. The summer is over. Over. But…


Repetition, Again

When I first posted the anecdote below, I was both acknowledging and bemoaning…


The List

In both my life and teaching, practicing is where it all begins. And so, it…


Name That Tune

I have an embarrassing inability to recognize music that I hear on the radio or…