Posts tagged “health”

November 4, 2017

When you’re too sick for a lesson

photo, AnkarinoSometimes I have students cancel their lessons due to seemingly very minor, manageable health concerns (physical or mental). Other times students drag themselves to lessons when they are clearly miserable and contagious. The better approach is clearly somewhere in the middle, but my newest college students are usually living away from their parents and ...

October 9, 2017

Getting past frustration and burnout

Every musician (and music student) goes through periods of frustration and burnout. But there's no one-size-fits-all solution.

August 25, 2014

10 ideas for more focused practicing

It can be difficult to keep practice sessions focused and productive. Distractions, burnout, boredom, and bad habits get in the way of progress. Try some or all of these, see what works well for you, and make the most of your practice time.

October 12, 2013

My studio “fresh air” policy

Last year I posted a small sign on my studio door: Fresh air policy If you smell of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs, you will not be permitted to enter my office, whether or not you were the one using those substances. If your grade depends on you being here for a lesson, coaching, or ...

April 2, 2013

Health, wellness, and woodwind doubling

I got an email from a college student taking an Occupational Health and Wellness course. He asked me some questions about health and wellness issues in woodwind doubling, and I tried to answer the best I could. How do you prepare for the many instrument switches in a musical which require changes of embouchure and ...
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