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I enjoy writing about and sharing my experiences in being a modern musician.

I especially want to shed light on the less conventional and less discussed aspects of being musician.

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Working Past a Hand Injury on the Clarinet — Part I: Mindset

I’m a classical clarinetist who’s been dealing with a hand injury for five years now. It is common for classical musicians to experience injury, these are usually fairly understood conditions like...

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Working Past a Hand Injury on the Clarinet — Part II: Physical Exercises

Now I want to give you some practical exercises and tips to try on and off your instrument. These exercises are about establishing finger independence, strength, and control with ease.

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9 Things I Learned in an Undergraduate Music Degree

Here, I want to share some of the greatest things I learned during my four years as an undergraduate musician. This is by no means all-inclusive, but certainly some of the things that have changed me as a musician and person.

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What A Gap Year Taught Me

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The Key to Motivation: Patience, Persistence, Perspective

We all struggle with motivation sometimes. For some, the struggle is having the motivation to begin with. For others, the struggle is having been motivated for years and feeling like it’s still not amounting to anything.

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Is Music Important?

Profound emotions with the potential to provide great insights often lie latent below the surface: emotions of grief, compassion for humanity, love of the experience of living, self-hate, etc. 

This is why music is important. It amplifies...

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Why You Should Change Up Your Practice Environment

I don’t know about you, but I certainly had my favorite practice room at school. The one where the temperature is always just right, spacious and clean with great lighting, and the acoustics are perfect. Not too boom-y, not too dry.

It wasn’t until my second year of my undergrad that I started to push myself to give up my favorite practice room and head to the dreaded...

What I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Music Major

These aren’t lessons you will be able to learn immediately, they take time. But being aware of them and giving thought to them will already put you ahead of the curve as an undergraduate musician.

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You won’t have professors telling you what to do, how to do it, and when. If you want to accomplish a lot in your gap year, you must have clear goals, a plan of action, self-discipline, and a lot of motivation. If you have those things, I believe a gap year can be an incredibly unique and enriching experience.

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On Taking Risks: Practice on the Edge of Disaster

There are many ways to take risks in music, some on the instrument and some off. When it comes to taking risks on the instrument, the keys are to know what it is you want to communicate with the music you’re playing and experiment with as many ways of playing a phrase as possible. Then just go for it! Practice performing without any judgement from yourself. Play for fun, even if there are mistakes.

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