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February 2014 Newsletter

“When we generate positive emotions, we ignite creativity.”

The February 2014 issue of The Musician’s Way Newsletter coalesces more than 20 resources for performers, educators, and arts administrators.

You’ll find articles about boosting creativity, enhancing music practice, navigating the music business, and much more. Continue Reading

Get Real about Music Careers

Close-up photo of violinist in orchestra“If your concept of success is restricted to being an international soloist or performing with a major symphony or opera company, then you’re probably headed for difficulties in life.”
-The Musician’s Way, p. 300

There are ample opportunities for musicians who fill diverse roles in today’s music scene. Problem is, vast numbers of young musicians singlemindedly strive toward careers that are unlikely to exist for them. Continue Reading

October 2013 Newsletter

The Musician's Way book cover“Your imagination with programming can make the difference between your becoming either a busy performer with an eager audience or one who performs little.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 216

The latest edition of The Musician’s Way Newsletter compiles diverse articles and resources for music lovers.

There are guidelines that help performers practice effectively and be more creative. News items are included about important developments in the music industry.
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How to Avoid Excessive Student Debt

“There are over 7 million borrowers in default on a federal or private student loan.”
-Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (August 2013)

Student loan debt has reached crisis proportions in the US.

Not only are millions of borrowers unable to make their loan payments but the total amount of outstanding federal student loans has ballooned to more than $1 trillion. Continue Reading

The Secret to Sustainable Music Careers

Jeffrey Kahane conducts from the piano

“I will cast this spell: I know I can open this door and show you something unforgettable and transforming.”
-Jeffrey Kahane, pianist & conductor (The Musician’s Way, p. 177)

People attend concerts hoping for transformative experiences. And musicians who can supply such experiences are primed for professional success.

But in tandem with developing our artistic abilities, there’s a seldom-mentioned thing that we musicians must do if we’re to build sustainable careers. Continue Reading

The Sustainability Triangle

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words
and that which cannot remain silent.”
-Victor Hugo, The Musician’s Way, p. 5

All of us musicians feel something within us that cannot remain silent.

But to forge lasting, full-time music careers, we have to make wise choices about the kinds of work we do and the ways we live our lives. Continue Reading

The Master-Apprentice Model Is Dead

Antique image of formally dressed teacher instructing piano student“For music and service to become your way of life,
you must confront economic realities.”
-The Musician’s Way, p. 299

Aspiring classical musicians commonly study in a context resembling the ancient “master-apprentice” model.

That is, they take lessons from one individual over a span of years and depend on that person to cultivate their artistic, technical, and career skills.

Does that educational arrangement make sense? Continue Reading

April 2013 Newsletter

“How can music schools better prepare graduates for the innovation economy?”

The April 2013 issue of The Musician’s Way Newsletter brings together more than 20 articles and resources pertinent to student and professional musicians.

You’ll discover creativity and songwriting tips, new websites that list performance opportunities, music education features, and a story of classical musicians who are adding fizz to their music scene by performing in a pub. Continue Reading

7 Music Career Myths

“Putting all of your eggs in one career basket isn’t a smart bet for either your livelihood or your happiness.”
-The Musician’s Way, p. 300

Countless young musicians aspire to become professionals, but few understand the music industry well enough to make wise choices about how to grow their careers. Continue Reading

February 2013 Newsletter

“No pitch is merely a pitch; each one has a living quality.”
-The Musician’s Way, p. 20

The February 2013 edition of The Musician’s Way Newsletter has arrived in subscribers’ inboxes and is being widely shared.

As usual, the newsletter incorporates more than 15 articles that explore issues of music making, practice, creativity, career building, technology and more.

You’ll find resources to easily publish websites, ticket concerts, and improve ear training skills. There are announcements about technological innovations and professional opportunities. Continue Reading