After finishing my studies at Juilliard, I put my violin down and went to Indiana University to get a PhD in psychology. Which led me back to Juilliard, but as a member of the faculty, where I specialize in teaching musicians how to play their best under pressure.
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To maximize opportunities to benefit not just from my experience but that of your fellow educators, the follow-up session will have a small-group component, where you will meet in groups of 4-5 in Zoom breakout rooms, and have a chance to tap into the collective experience and wisdom of other educators in the group.
Plus, you’ll have access to a private discussion forum, where you’ll be able to engage with all of the other educators during the week, sharing updates, asking questions, and getting feedback from myself and your colleagues. Which will look something like this:
Oh, and whatever happened to that pianist whose recital nudged me onto this path? Well, she went on to solve the nerves issue and become a terrific pianist. And we ended up getting married too, so I guess it’s a good thing I went to that recital. =)
The sessions will be recorded and uploaded as soon as Zoom does its thing and I can upload them to my host (usually by the end of the day). So you’ll be able to “play along” with the exercises we do, and submit your homework into the group along with everyone else without too much of a delay.
And part of the reason for my creating the private social network for this training, is to ensure that we can all communicate and share ideas with each other asynchronously, regardless of whatever time zone we may be based in.
The short answer is that there is indeed some overlap between this course and Beyond Practicing. If you’re trying to decide between the two, my recommendation would be to start with this “Essentials” course, and then consider signing up for Beyond Practicing afterwards if you’d like to take things further.
However, a number of folks have gone the other direction, enrolling in this “Essentials” course after having gone through Beyond Practicing already. This can work too, and I’ve received feedback that the live aspect, the focus on teaching these skills, and the interactions with other educators has increased their confidence, not just in their ability to use and benefit from these strategies themselves, but in their ability to pass these skills on effectively to students as well.
But if you have any questions about whether this would be right for you, email me and we can chat about this some more!
If you’d like to explore some of the most essential skills and techniques in the course live, with a cohort of curious, thoughtful, supportive, and like-minded educators (and a few mildly irreverent or benevolently sarcastic folks mixed in to make sure we don’t get too serious), that’s also an option!
Starting Thursday, February 3rd, we’ll meet via Zoom once a week, and go through selected strategies related to effective practice, managing nerves, and achieving flow states under pressure. We’ll do some in-class playing experiments (don’t worry – you’ll be muted!), short weekly homework assignments, and small-group breakout sessions to help you integrate these new skills into your teaching.
This 6-week live course is normally $199, but is available at 50% off the regular cost when bundled with Beyond Practicing. For more details about the live course (and dates) CLICK HERE.