It was the big day. I woke up, went through my morning routine, and scrolled through Spotify looking for some music as I got packed and cleaned my horn for my audition.
My first instinct was to play songs that made me feel energized and pumped up. Confident by Demi Lovato, Unstoppable by Sia, Showdown by The Black Eyed Peas. The playlist goes on and on. But a voice inside of me thought differently. "Let's leave ego out of it this time," it said. "Don't think about winning or beating anyone else. Just do your best and trust in God. "
A few hours later at the audition site, I grabbed a warm-up room almost an hour before my audition time. I never like to spend that much time warming up, but I had a new plan. I was going to spend a solid 20 minutes praying in the warm-up room as my own form of meditation, and listening to that voice inside my head again, I scrolled past m...
The concept of talent is very attractive, particularly in a field like music. Whether it be Mozart, Taylor Swift, or the five year old piano player with a million hits on Youtube, people often presume that outstanding musicians possess some natural ability that allows them to do things other people can't.
With this concept in mind, we are often quick to praise young musicians for their "talent" if they are learning quickly and exceeding at an early age. This, however, is a critical error that we must all try to avoid.
Here are three reasons you should never compliment a child for their "talent."
1. You can't prove it.
Was Beethoven a talented composer? Maybe - but there is no concrete evidence to support such a claim. You cannot look at Beethoven's genes and clearly identify where his "talent" came from. Therefore, if we are to review this topic objectively on a foundation of col...
“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it” -Michelangelo
Far too often people find reasons to put limits on their dreams. Studies show this happens particularly often after we have encountered a failure (or two, or three, or more…). Yet what history and psychology also tell us is that this really is the silliest thing we can do for ourselves.
First, let’s clarify that there are some big differences between the kind of dreaming done by people like Michael Jordan and the dreaming done by characters in Disney movies.
Now don’t get me wrong – I love Disney movies, and I also think they can be a great source of inspiration from time to time. However, when it comes to us achieving our dreams, wishing upon a star won’t do anything (at least in my experience – I have tried!), fairy god-mothers do not exist, and it’...
Hello friends! Thanks for taking a minute to check this out. I’ve had a lot of fun stuff going on lately and I’m excited to share it with you!
This summer I started doing some intensive study on The Horn Matters Excerpt E-Books to expand my knowledge of the orchestral audition repertoire. The E-books are published onhornmatters.org(now the first listing on Google for “French horn websites”) by my own amazing professor here at ASU, Dr. John Ericson.
In order to study these excerpts best, I compiled Spotify Catalogues for all three E-Books, which are available on my website on the Horn Corner page. The catalogues list five recordings of every excerpt, indicating the starting and stopping points within the larger piece where the excerpt can be found. I initially started this just for my own study, but later realized there are surely other people who could benefit from it...
What does it mean to be busy? According to dictionary.com, the definition of busy is: actively and attentively engaged in work or a pastime. This seems accurate enough, but here's another critical question: are we actively and attentively engaged in the right work and pastimes?? And is all of our "busyness" actually necessary?
There is another word that many of us would commonly associate with the word busy: stress. The disease-like state of mind that keeps us up at night, which only multiplies our issues. However, being busy does not always have to correlate with being stressed!
Here are 5 ways you can sleep more, stress less, and have more free time:
1. Spend less time on social media.*
Many of us have a serious issue with social media, almost to the point of addiction. The average American spends well over an hour on social media every day...but for what? For all the...