Find Your Calling

I'm fascinated with how artists reconcile creating art with earning a living....


Who Cares if You Practice?

As players and teachers, many of us obsess over what to practice, how to...


Ideal Music Under Perfect Conditions

I want to share a writing exercise from composer, pianist, and author W.A....


This Might Not Work

The mindset for creating a body of original work is simple, yet enormously...


Being Generic Is a Choice

I had the privilege of leading hands-on improvisation workshops for music majors...


Why Artists Embrace Nonlinear Practice

If you find creativity mysterious, you may be stuck in linear thinking. ...


4 Myths About Improvisation

Improvisation, the most widely practiced of all musical activities, is probably...


Choose Your Village

All music is village music. We are collective beasts, more collective than...


5 Strategies for Managing Fear

I meet countless musicians who are interested in musical improvisation, but are...


How to Play Music from Memory

Do you have trouble committing music to memory—even pieces you have played for...