Being an Artist in Challenging Times

by Nora Krohn As I write this, I am recovering from a difficult week. November is a busy time for musicians, and after more than a year of paying intense attention to the swings of political drama in the American presidential election, I was eager to set aside the...

In Defense of Doing Things that Scare You

By Nora Krohn A few weeks ago, my husband and I played a show together in New York that I had plenty of reasons to be nervous about. For one thing, it had been a while since we’d played a formal concert as a duo–the previous year our free time had been...

On Talent and True Teaching

“How talented am I?” “How well will I be able to play?” “How long will it take me?” When a student asks me these questions, I hear their longing to fulfill themselves as a musician, along with their anxiety and fear that they may not be able to accomplish what they...

A Gift from Mary Duncan

Happy Holidays, dear subscribers! Today I have the special pleasure of introducing Mary Duncan, through her article “The Gift of Deep Listening.” I met Mary when she attended the 2013 summer program of The Art of Practicing Institute. Since then, she has...

A New Voice: Tracy Stuchbery

This month I am delighted to introduce a special musician in the The Art of Practicing Institute community, Tracy Stuchbery. Tracy came to our summer program this year from Penticton, British Columbia, where she is on the piano faculty of the Penticton Academy of...