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Are You The Lion? Or The Gazelle?

A student came into his lesson last week wearing a shirt from his school’s track team. The back of it read: In case your browser has difficulty displaying the image, I’ve included it below. No problems viewing? Read it again anyway . . . Every morning in...

What Do You Listen To While Writing?

Do you listen to music while writing? I, for one, have a difficult time keeping my mind from dissecting the intricacies of any song that’s playing while I’m in the creative, yet focused, mode that I require while sitting down to write an article, formal...

Just Quit Trying Already

One of the books that has most influenced my approach to teaching percussion lessons is Barry Green’s The Inner Game of Music. Based on principles found in the highly championed The Inner Game of Tennis and Inner Skiing, by Tim Gallwey, the book is a beautiful...

Gather Your Troops

I hate asking for help. I usually pride myself on autonomy and self-reliance. And, I’ve recently been reminded how extremely limiting that can be. “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” (Helen Keller) For a while now, I have been...