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Turn Any Setback into Success

Sometimes a huge setback can fuel your greatest success.   After two surgeries on her hand, concert pianist Isabelle Jeannet was forced to put her performance career on hold.   During this time, she intensely studied hand movements of many great piano masters.   What she learned dramatically transformed her concept of playing piano, and formed the foundation of her current teaching method.   Today this native of Switzerland teaches advanced piano students and performs all around the world.   She performs solo works, accompanies singers, and is a featured … Continue Reading

Classical Doesn't Mean "Stuffy"

Classical Doesn’t Mean “Stuffy”!

How Pops Orchestras Keep Music Fun

For many people, classical music is the gold standard for serious artistry.   However, many non-musicians assume that all classical music is always serious.   On the contrary, classical music is much more versatile than that!   It is fun, humorous, witty, and even irreverent … Continue Reading

The Mahler Effect

The Mahler Effect

A great dissertation idea for a daring music student.   I was so moved the first time I saw Gustav Mahler Conducts the Vienna Philharmonic at the Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.   It may not look extraordinary in a pixilated rendering, but its life-size original … Continue Reading

Make It Through a Sad Song

How to Sing a Sad Song without Crying

Singing a tragic tune is rough. Just one teardrop will muddle the clarity of the voice. Learn the tricks to get over the tears. When I began studying the role of Lily in The Secret Garden musical, I could not get through her songs without … Continue Reading

Treasure Negative Feedback

Treasure Negative Remarks and Feedback

The critique that hurts actually helps the most. Open rebuke is better than secret love (Proverbs 27:5). A few years ago, a good friend of mine related to me what had happened to him during an audition for a prestigious company. After singing his songs, … Continue Reading