Month: April 2015

Tiger Mother book review

OK, I’ll admit it: I’m a (Hybrid) Tiger Mother. I will never be a full, genuine Tiger Mother because I’m not Chinese, like Amy Chua who is the author of Battle

Essential For Being Human

Music is essential for being human. Scientists are learning a lot about how music effects the brain, how it changes our cognition (see blog posts Better Brains and Brain Imaging). But

Practice: The journey is the destination.

Practice leads to harmony. This picture hangs beside the door to my music studio. No one can leave without seeing it, including me. The text reads “Never Forget the Pleasure of

Woodshedding: The Articulation Game Woodshedding: The Articulation Game

“Woodshedding” is musician-speak for practicing, especially when working on difficult passages. Woodshedding is the process of isolating a hard section of the music and practicing it until the technical issues

Brain Imaging on Musicians

As brain imaging technology improves, so does our understanding of music’s effects on the brain. Listening to music makes the whole brain light up. Playing music causes the neurons to

Practice Better, Enjoy Life More

Practice Better, Enjoy Life More: Quality is more important than quantity in practice. Feeling stressed-out and under-accomplished? Perhaps you need to reconsider how you’re doing the work that needs to be