How I Trick My Kid Into Practicing

I've been writing about principles of intrinsic motivation for a couple years,...


Does Jazz Harmony Exist?

You may have read my post Where Jazz Theory Got it Wrong, which outlines why...


Igniting Internal Drive

Any action can be practiced as an art, as a craft, or as drudgery - Stephen...


In Motion Quartet live on KNKX

My new In Motion Quartet was featured on a recent KNKX studio session. Links to...


Jazz Improvisation via 4-Bar Riff Tunes

When leading jazz improvisation workshops, I like to teach simple riff blues...


Limiting Beliefs About Teaching Improvisation

I'm preparing a clinic for music educators at the WMEA conference in February...


A Few Questions

Paint as you like and die happy – Henry Miller Achieving success and...


Phil Parisot's Creekside Out on OA2 Records

My friend and collaborator Phill Parisot just released his second solo record...


The Magic Mode

Internalizing the sound, character, and mood-states of modes helps us develop a...


Practice Is More Than Drudgery in Isolation

Western music education often perpetuates a narrow and unbalanced view of...