Month: December 2015

‘Big love’ in life, drumming and music

I had this idea about ‘big love’ that came to me one morning over the extended Christmas weekend. It started out as a thought about relationships: “Big love is about something bigger than the two people involved. It’s not just

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Nervous is good, nervous is normal.

As a teacher, I’m often helping my students get ready for performances. One of the things we always need to address is nervousness. Everyone deals with nervousness at some level, and for some it can be a serious challenge. I

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Why are ‘performances’ so important to our development as humans?

As a musician and music teacher my performances/shows/gigs are very important to my development. For my students, their performances and recitals–even just playing in front of their parents and friends–are also very important to their development. But, when I say

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Making Peace With the Critic-Voice In Your Head

This is a story about the critic-voice that all of us have in our head. It came up in a lesson with one of my drum students, and I think all of us deal with this at one point or another. This

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