Committing to Real Change

(This article has been edited from its original publication on January 25, 2013.) At the beginning of this new year, many of us have made commitments to ourselves, motivated and inspired by the idea that even in the midst of great upheaval in the world around us, we...

Building Confidence Through Self-Awareness

by Madeline Bruser When Johann Sebastian Bach was 20 years old, he walked 250 miles to hear the great organist Dietrich Buxtehude. Two centuries later, when my parents were in their twenties, they drove many miles to see Artur Schnabel play Mozart’s last piano...

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...

Creating the Musical Community You Need

By Madeline Bruser (This article was originally published in August 2013, following the first annual summer program of The Art of Practicing Institute at Edinboro University.) “How was it?” everyone asked, when I came back from teaching The Art of Practicing...

On Taking Drugs for Stage Fright

In 2015, The International Conference for Symphony Orchestra Musicians reported that 72% of musicians have used beta-blockers—drugs that reduce the physical symptoms of stage fright. This percentage is up 45% from the earlier study by the same organization in 1987....