A Cure for Writer's Block

Writer's block plagues creative artists from all disciplines. If you feel...


How to Empower Fearless Improvisers in the Classroom

Most adults fear public speaking more than death, so we shouldn't be surprised...


A Perfect 12 Measure Solo

The intimate musical relationship between vocalist Billie Holiday and...


How to Transform a Poem into Music

Poetry has inspired musical composition for hundreds of years. If you have never...


Learn Jazz Through Process, Not Rules

The people who only follow the rules – we don’t wind up knowing who they...


Rhythm Is More Important Than "Right" Notes

"Time and rhythm are king! Number one! All notes seem to sound good when they...


Expand Your Ears and Creativity with Drones

A drone is a sustained tone that accompanies a piece of music. Drones can be...


Are You an Independent or a Dependent Musician?

If I asked you to perform a solo piece right now, would you jump at the...


How to Improvise Variations on a Theme

A theme and variations approach engages new improvisers and provides endless...


Play Music by Ear

You really have to practice the coordination between the mind and the fingers,...