Performing Yoga Throughout Your Recital. By Jonathan Huffman...

Nov 4, 2014 by

"Don't shun your performance anxiety ---harness it and become its best friend. After years of struggling with anxiety myself, yoga has helped me understand that sometimes you need to be uncomfortable as an artist."– Amanda Taylor, yoga instructor “Yoga is an effective strategy for managing performance nerves, especially when...

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Viviana Guzman: CD Review

Jul 2, 2014 by

This recently-released CD by inspirational artist Viviana Guzman helps performers focus their internal dialogue in a positive, healthy way. This recording is helpful for musicians who are in the beginning stages of their development, professional performers, and everyone in between. It would be useful for those who have stage...

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Long Tones: Can we achieve enlightenment through sound?...

Dec 15, 2013 by

How do we practice long tones? Why do we practice long tones? I've always had a very academic and perfectionist approach to long tones, as I learned early from Jeffrey Khaner. 1. Long tones must be played with a metronome. 2. Hold your breath as long as possible so...

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Three Little Words. By Patricia Surman...

Nov 1, 2013 by

Preparing for a new school year is a great opportunity to set our intentions, and sometimes three little words can make all the difference.  These simple meditations are designed to assist the student in all of us. Invest in Yourself Gather the tools of your trade so that you...

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The Shakuhachi: James Nyoraku Schlefer interview...

Aug 6, 2013 by

Fluterscooter: You had mentioned how the shakuhachi originated as a Zen Buddhist practice. James: Yes, traditional shakuhachi practice was created by Buddhist monks, and the earliest written reference was mid 13th century. The monks used shakuhachi as an extension of meditating (breathing meditation, in and out, and listening to...

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