September 25, 2016

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Attributed to Albert Einstein.

When it comes to working hard, most Humans are lazy Creatures of Comfort. Given the choice of watching “Stranger Things” or taking out the violin to P...

September 19, 2016

“Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me, and I learn.” 

 -Benjamin Franklin

In a recent lesson, a student plays a section of a piece and it doesn’t go so well.  “What do you think?” I ask.  “IT WAS TERRIBLE.”  “So what would you do differen...

September 5, 2016

It’s all in your head.

Get out of your head.

You looked like you were miles away!

Someone’s playing a head game with you!

We've all heard or said one of those phrases at one time or another, and these statements are the best example of what it is like when our minds discon...

August 20, 2016

This is Vera's year of "Making Connections":  How do we Connect to our audiences, Connect to the music we’re playing, Connect to our practice routine—and how we connect our minds to our bodies, in both practice and in performance?

How often do you think about the Mind-B...

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