How Seth Godin Improved My Teaching

Feb 22, 2013

Seth Godin is an author and marketing guru and the man behind the idea of permission marketing. In his daily blog, he writes with succinct and sometimes painful clarity on marketing, respect, our society and the way ideas spread. I find his writings always give me something to think about and often, as in this post, something to write about.

In a recent blog post called “Those...

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Use GPS to Achieve Your Goals

Feb 13, 2013

The GPS that we use everyday stands for Global Positioning System. It is a system of 24 satellites that orbit the earth, emitting radio signals. The GPS receiver in your car collects those signals and decodes them. If the receiver can detect signals from as few as three of the satellites, it can determine your location.

When you’re feeling lost, discouraged or in need of direction,...

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College Choice Planner: Download This Free Guide

Jan 30, 2013

Deciding on a college can be nerve-racking. There are so many things to consider. Here are some of the tips I share with my students to help make their decision easier. At the end of the post, you will find a link to a free College Choice Planner PDF file you can download.

Phase one of the college choice process is the research you must do to decide which colleges to apply to. First you need...

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Practice Solutions Part 4: Too Many Chords!

Jan 28, 2013

from Impromptu, by Fauré

This is part four in a four-part series of posts designed to help you solve difficulties you may come across in your everyday practice. With a repertoire of techniques at your disposal, you can learn to solve nearly any practice difficulty. If you are not already a subscriber to HarpMastery, you can email me to receive the other posts in this series...

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Classical Music and the NFL

Jan 25, 2013

One of the most common complaints of musicians and classical music fans alike is about the disparity between professional classical music and professional sports. Whether you look at salaries or ticket sales or audience sizes, classical music feels hopelessly undervalued. We wonder why this timeless art form that represents so much talent and achievement should be almost totally eclipsed in the...

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The Formula for Success

Jan 23, 2013

There is a simple equation for success. Not that success is simple; it isn’t. But the formula is not at all complicated. And the formula is the same, whether you want to be a successful musician or a successful auto mechanic.

What is success? Is it superstardom? I don’t believe most of us yearn for that. For most of us, success is being good at what we do. We don’t need to be...

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Practice Solutions Part 3: I can’t get through this difficult passage!

Jan 21, 2013

Solution 3
Excerpt: Minuet, from Sixth French Suite by Bach

This is part three in a four-part series of posts designed to help you solve difficulties you may come across in your everyday practice. With a repertoire of techniques at your disposal, you can learn to solve nearly any practice difficulty. If you are not already a subscriber to HarpMastery, you can email me to receive the...

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The Grammy Awards, and the Winner Is…

Jan 18, 2013

I don’t watch much television. There are some shows I love, (NCIS, I Love Lucy reruns, and Turner Classic Movies) and many I don’t. And it’s my personal policy never to watch celebrity reality shows or awards shows, not even the Grammy awards.

But although I won’t watch the Grammy’s, I do like to know what classical artists and recordings made the nominations list....

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Practice Solutions Part 2: I Can’t Put This Hands Together!

Jan 14, 2013

From Dussek Sonatina No. 2

This is part two in a four-part series of posts designed to help you solve difficulties you may come across in your everyday practice. With a repertoire of techniques at your disposal, you can learn to solve nearly any practice difficulty. If you are not already a subscriber to HarpMastery, you can email me to receive the other posts in this series by...

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Be in Control at Your Next Audition

Jan 11, 2013

Auditions are horrible. If you’ve ever taken one, even an audition for the school chorus, chances are you had shaky knees, butterflies in your stomach and a head full of doubts. And if your auditions are of the kind where you feel that your whole future is in the balance, the nerves and upset might be a thousand times worse. And that doesn’t help your audition performance.

I have...

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