Practicing over the Holidays (or any break for that matter)

Without a doubt, academic breaks are susceptible to technique atrophy. The normal hustle and bustle of your semester has been ripped right from under you and has been replaced with holiday festivities. You’re exhausted and have gone into hibernation mode. Or maybe, you straight-up don’t want to practice. It happens. So what can you do? … More Practicing over the Holidays (or any break for that matter)

Preparing for All-State Auditions

It’s that time of year when the weather starts to get cooler, the leaves begin to change colors, and my students prepare for All-District and All-State. Like every District and State audition I’ve ever experienced, the music is challenging and preparation time is limited. Not to mention, Missouri All-State auditions are extremely well-rounded and require … More Preparing for All-State Auditions

You’ve got a degree and you’re working part-time here!?

I’ve recently taken a part-time job as a barista. It was my third day in training and there was finally a lull in the rush of customers. In this short time, one of my fellow teenaged coworkers found out that I’ve finished college with a doctorate. Perhaps it’s surprising, but his reaction still took me … More You’ve got a degree and you’re working part-time here!?

John Cage at Musique 21! (Monday 9/22, 7:30pm at Fairchild Theater)

My percussion quartet, aptly named The Quartet Guys, will be performing John Cage’s “Third Construction.”  Professor Kevin Noe will be joining our jam with Cage’s text, “45′ for Speaker.”  The concert will also be featuring works by Pierre Jalbert, Thomas Albert, and my good friend Justin Rito!  It’s going to be fun! Please click here … More John Cage at Musique 21! (Monday 9/22, 7:30pm at Fairchild Theater)

Pieces are Like Old Friends

In my experience, I have encountered many people, students and teachers alike, who approach learning new pieces like completing levels of a challenging game. Once they’ve “conquered” these new pieces, they “level-up” and begin tackling the next difficult piece. Meanwhile, the “lower level” pieces are forgotten or virtually ignored. Perhaps, these “more advanced” players hear … More Pieces are Like Old Friends

If only I could have lunch with John Cage and Charles Ives….

It has been a very busy semester, leaving not much time for blogging.  BUT DO NOT BE FOOLED! I have been writing non-stop since the start of semester.  I recently completed a course entitled Ives, Gershwin, Copland.  There’s a lot to learn from these three behemoths of American music.  However (being a percussionist) I was … More If only I could have lunch with John Cage and Charles Ives….

Why did I cry?

Recently, I moved my Daily Music project to twitch.tv, a video game streaming site that has encouraged more creative streamers such as painters, cosplayers and musicians. The majority of my stream features marimba, vibraphone, and voice. I also have a fair share of gaming. The other day, I did my first drum set stream. That … More Why did I cry?

Hair

Many people who know me now don’t realize that I once had absurdly long hair. From childhood to adulthood, it was always long. Theoretically, I had the right to choose my hairstyle. But, for many reasons, I truly didn’t believe it. From a young age, my mother called it my trademark. I was told that … More Hair

Recording Sessions: Thoughts and Advice for the Performer

Recently, I recorded a bunch of music for job applications. During the process, I remembered how much I loathe recording. I don’t hate recording engineers. I don’t hate recording equipment. I hate listening to all my best and worst moments. I despise editing my mistakes, mostly because I am disappointed I made them in the … More Recording Sessions: Thoughts and Advice for the Performer