Autumn Leaves

Autumn is upon us, the school year is starting, and my thoughts are turning to how I can best inspire my students and clients in new ways. I had initially thought that my fall blog would review something fresh and innovative in the world of music—maybe new music, an emerging and inspiring artist, a dynamic colleague’s work, even novel curriculum. But recently, a cherished colleague shared with me a remarkable poem—a kind of inspirational reminder about broader perspectives in our profession. It struck a chord with me and I thought others might be inspired as well by the uplifting message of...

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A fresh musical start for fall

This blog was originally posted by Oxford University Press. – See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2013/09/fresh-start-musician-career-self-doubt/#sthash.BmdXtPVa.dpuf ~ Leaves are changing, temperatures are cooling, and students are returning to the rigors of school. For those of us in the music industry, fall can also be a time of personal renewal. As autumn commences, we have the opportunity to turn the page from summer pursuits and ignite fresh and innovative initiatives. Whether you are a performing artist, educator, member of a non-profit, or music administrator, fall can offer a new...

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What’s Constant

Music has a way of moving us forward. We have music to learn, concerts to give, students to teach, events to organize. These are all activities that require imagining the future. And yes, music is a temporal art form but much of the activity around it is future oriented. We plan, we do, we remember. I have been considering what does remains constant in all of this.  It’s laundry. Yes, no matter what happens, it continues. Life, death, taxes–laundry is still there. You can’t really put it off. My father died some weeks ago and I thought I was coping about as well as to be expected. But...

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The Musician’s Journey

By now we are all well ensconced in the New Year. And if we haven’t made those resolutions yet, we are probably at least thinking about them. This year I decided to take a different slant on this whole resolution process. Sure, I have the ten pounds I want to lose, the gym beckons, and all sorts of healthy options are on my mind. But if the truth be told, these really aren’t resolutions as much as they are lifestyle choices. Mostly I am doing them, but yes, I can do better. So what occurred to me for this year is something more esoteric. My New Year’s resolution is to be more open to...

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