How to practice effectively…for just about anything

As a performing artist, we are always looking for new ways to improve and refine our craft. There are stumbling blocks along the path to mastery and for a lot of people, myself included, it happens in the practice room. A friend of mine from grad school, Annie Bosler, shared this video she created with along Don Greene for TedEd. Check out the video and then follow this link for the full lesson.

Congrats Annie and Don!

Don has also written a couple of great books on performance success and audition success. Be sure to check them out.

Raynor Carroll Retirement

On September 4, 2016, principal percussionist Raynor Carroll retired from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After serving the orchestra for 33-years and playing countless concerts, he has decided to step down and continue directing the percussion program at UCLA. I was fortunate to take private lessons with Raynor from 1995 – 1998 while I was in the American Youth Symphony. I still remember my first phone call and lesson. Raynor changed the way that I approached timpani and percussion. Years later, I had the opportunity to teach with him at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB and I will always be indebted to him for everything he taught me over the past 20 years. (more…)

Percussion Education Reads 3/10/17

Happy March! It is a busy time for everyone. WGI is heating up and I am in Indy this week for the Music for All National Festival and Sandy Feldstein National Percussion Festival. The level of middle and high school percussion ensembles are amazing. I saw groups perform percussion ensemble pieces that were once played by college ensembles. I also had an opportunity to visit the PAS Rhythm Discovery Center. It is a must for any percussionist. Here are some articles to check out this weekend. Please let me know your recommendations. Leave a comment below. (more…)

Percussion Education Reads 2/27/17

It is difficult to believe that March is almost here. Where did the first two months of the year go? If you are a collegiate educator, can you believe that there are only two months left in the semester? Below are some articles to get you ready for the rest of semester and to start thinking about summer. Please share your articles below in the comments.

17 Smart Things the Most Productive People do Every Day by Larry Kim

2016 Best Books: Over 100 Good Books to Read, Organized by Category by James Clear

I absolutely love James Clear’s blog. His posts are thoughtful and inspiring. Check out this post and read another one while you are there.
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Percussion Education Reads 11/20/16

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PASIC is over and it was great to see some many friends and colleagues! Congrats to the PAS staff and board for a successful event. I am looking forward to next year. Thanksgiving is this week and I am thankful for everyone who reads this blog. Thanks for your support over the years and I look forward to the future. Here’s some articles to check out over the break. Let me know what you are reading. Please leave a comment below.

Let’s talk Bartok (or: Making Things Sound As Easy As They Aren’t) by Jeremy Epp

Learning Something New? Try This Mental Practice Tweak That Could Accelerate the Learning Process By Noa Kageyama

Website Design Inspiration: Best Music Teacher Websites by Melanie @ Bandzoogle.com

What You Need to Know About Taxes If You Make Money from the Gig Economy by Kristin Wong

What it means to be a critical thinker and why marketers need to embrace the concept by Matt Umbro

Percussion Education Reads 11/5/16

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This is a big week in the world of percussion. Over 5000 percussionists and over 90 marching bands will converge onto Indianapolis, IN for the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and the Bands of America Grand National Championships. Are you going? I’ll be there for PASIC with the Yamaha Percussion Team. If you are there, please come by the booth and say hi. It’s a going to be a great week for everyone involved. Here are some articles to check out on your plane flight. (more…)

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