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Want the free color eBook edition of Practice Like This? Sign up for 6 Bullet Saturday. 6-Bullet Saturday is a newsletter that gives you six things I thought worth sharing every week. Mostly it’s about practice, and I always include specific tips or exercises or drills that I use to help me and my students get…

Talent Mindset Infographic (updated)

A helpful music educator pointed out a typo in one of the several versions floating around out there. The link is to a high-resolution PDF, suitable for printing and putting on your practice room wall or band/choir/orchestra room. Here’s the updated version: GrowYourTalent_ThePracticeOfPractice      

Effects of enriched auditory experience on infants’ speech perception during the first year of life

The evidence keeps rolling in. from the abstract of this study: Results showed that a 1-month laboratory music intervention focusing on rhythm learning enhanced 9-month-old infants’ neural processing not only for music but also for speech. Together, these results suggest that these enriched auditory experiences in infancy may improve infants’ general auditory pattern-detection skills and…

Frontiers | Timing Deficits in ADHD: Insights From the Neuroscience of Musical Rhythm | Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience

Fascinating study. Here’s the link. Excerpt below. Everyday human behavior relies upon extraordinary feats of coordination within the brain. In this perspective paper, we argue that the rich temporal structure of music provides an informative context in which to investigate how the brain coordinates its complex activities in time, and how that coordination can be…

Practice Space

It’s been nearly 2 years since I’ve had a dedicated practice space, until yesterday. Really, all I need is my horn or a guitar, but with a few extra tools, playing is more fun, I can do more in less time, and I can continue to push my abilities forward. Current long-term goal is to…