Practicing Impressionism

If you put me in a city with an art museum, I will go there.  Often.  I will find the Impressionism exhibit and spend my time there.  I'm not sure when this love affair began with this style of painting, but I do remember being completely enthralled at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the …

Write now

There is power in writing.  Pen to paper writing.  A heart and brain connection that goes beyond just pondering, meditating, or reading, or even typing.  I started keeping a practicing journal when I was working on my Master of Music degree, scrambling to capture the wisdom shared during my private and group lessons, and trying …

Christmas Concert

Musicians shouldn't move often.  It takes time to establish and extend roots into a community.  But I do move often which means I pray to connect with the right orchestras and musicians quickly in each new place. For my most recent concert, the stars aligned.  A friend passed my name to someone who was conducting a …

Talent is…

"You are so talented!" Have you heard this before? Anyone with an outwardly apparent skill likely has, and certainly anyone in the arts. The fruits of the painter, the musician, the carpenter, the crafter, the decorator, the dancer, are always recognized as talent. A younger me would have nodded graciously in agreement at the compliment, "You're …

Living (en vivant)

Have you listened to Yo-Yo Ma? Of course you have. If you're a musician, you know him well. If not, you have most definitely heard his gift in playing the cello, and just his name alone is pretty awesome. I love the cello! Had it not been for my two older brothers already choosing cello, …

New Case!

My favorite gift this Christmas season was unexpected.  I have had the same violin case since upgrading to my performance instrument at age 14...a very long time.  It did the job, but was heavy, had a broken strap and zipper, and was not a proper fit for my instrument which had resulted in damages and …

Practice Tips for the Holidays

This time of year is the best!  For us musicians, there are so many concerts, gigs and engagements to attend and participate in, it can get a little crazy.  If you're like me, in addition to the extra material to prepare and perform, there is still a main work or piece you are working on …

Ownit Magazine Cover

What a whirlwind summer it has been!  Lots of precious time with my family and traveling; not as much time practicing as I had intended.  But, that's okay.  I've set a new practice list, clarified goals, fixed performance dates, and know I have a lot of work to do to connect to my music and …

When to Start Music Lessons

I am asked all the time what age is best to begin music lessons.  Parents want the best possible start for their child, and knowing the best time to begin is an important part of ensuring commitment, growth, and success in learning any instrument.  My education and experience is in teaching the violin and piano. …

Smart Practicing

I have been practicing consistently for nearly 30 years now.  Three decades!  But seven years ago, my practicing and teaching changed for the better.  My violin teacher at the time was always referring to "organic" practice--a term that seemed fuzzy to me at best.  He was urging me to feel a natural connection to the …