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...


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...


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...


Should Musicians Play for Free?

Should professionals ever play for free or exposure? The intersection of art and...


Thematic Improvisation Playlist

Thematic improvisation is the process of embellishing, developing, changing,...