Allison Miller: Melodic Drummer

Allison was one of the generous musicians who shared her take on practice with me as I was researching practice for the book, The Practice of Practice.  One of the things she said that stuck with me is that sometimes, for a practice session, she’ll go into it with no plan, no goals beyond getting into…

Free “How to Read Music” Course (During Development)

When I wrote Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music nearly 20 years ago, there was no book like it. There still isn’t. I gave it away (digitally) for free and I stopped counting years ago, once I’d given away over a million copies all over the globe. Yay, Internet! Now…

Overstock Sale: 60% Off Signed Hardcover

Signed hardcover with free shipping for only 10 bucks! Get it here. Just in time for back-to-school. Too many copies on hand. On sale until they’re all gone! You won’t find a better deal anywhere. Not sure about what’s inside? Check out the “About the Book” tab above. Or, get it as an Audiobook or…

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…