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Fall 2015 Newsletter

The Musician’s Way is wonderfully thought-out and organized. . . . The third chapter alone is worth about five times the cost of the book itself!” —David Hodge, GuitarNoise.com

The Fall 2015 issue of The Musician’s Way Newsletter presents articles for musicians and educators of all levels.

There are tips to build a music career, access free video libraries, and publish a website.

You’ll find insights into organizing and performing concerts, understanding today’s music industry, engaging listeners, and much more.  Continue Reading

Handling Requests to Perform for Free

Jazz musician performing on upright bass“A performer’s reputation is enhanced by or diminished with each musical interaction.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 306

I suspect that almost every skilled musician has been asked to perform free of charge, often by strangers and organizations that can afford to pay.

Assuming that you normally earn fees to perform, here are some tips to help you handle such requests productively.

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Don’t Be a White Egg

carton of white eggs with one golden egg“What is best in music is not to be found in the notes”
–Gustav Mahler

If you’re a classical musician who aspires to a concert career, you’re in danger.

In danger of becoming a commodity. Continue Reading

Summer 2015 Newsletter

Closeup photo of classical guitar with cut-away body“An outstanding accomplishment . . . The Musician’s Way should be on the shelf of every aspiring professional musician and every serious music educator.”
—Clavier Companion, May/June 2010

In the Summer 2015 issue of The Musician’s Way Newsletter, you’ll find more than two dozen articles articles and resources.

There are fun quizzes, technology insights, and music industry updates.

You’ll enjoy links to practice & performance tips, innovative online resources, and much more. Continue Reading

3 High-Demand Career Tracks for Musicians

Image of High School Trumpeters“When college-bound music students report their educational plans to family and friends, they often hear this question: ‘So, what are you going to do for a living?'”
The Musician’s Way, p. 300

Non-artists generally have scant knowledge of the professional opportunities available to musicians, so they tend to assume that few options exist.

Unfortunately, hordes of young musicians are comparably uninformed. Continue Reading

It’s Not Just How Good You Are

jazz guitaristIt’s not just how good you are. It’s how intriguing.

All of us musicians work hard to maintain and improve our skills.

Too often, though, young musicians devote years to “getting better” without concurrently growing their distinctiveness, and then they struggle to attract audiences and bookings.

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Helping Each Other Succeed

musicians playing together“In any collaborative enterprise, one of your duties is to help your colleagues feel successful.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 117

It’s not easy to succeed in the music world, and we musicians can sometimes compete with rather than support each other.

Still, we’re all part of the same artistic community, and when we stop being overly competitive and start helping, we and our industry become stronger. Continue Reading

Winter 2015 Newsletter

 alt=“Divergent thinking is more about asking questions than finding answers.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 55

The Winter 2015 edition of The Musician’s Way Newsletter offers a sweeping collection of articles and resources for musicians.

From inspiring stories to practice tips to career pointers to music industry news, instrumentalists and singers will find bundles of valuable info.
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Don’t Be Like Your Teacher

young man playing guitar“Music making is a never-ceasing process of change and progress.”
–Jacqueline du Pré, cellist (The Musician’s Way, p. 205)

We musicians seldom achieve expertise on our own but seek out teachers to inform our growth.

Although good teachers influence us in countless positive ways, it’s crucial for us to forge our own artistic paths and not merely imitate our mentors, especially in today’s evolving music industry. Continue Reading

10 Reasons to Pursue a Graduate Degree in Music

“If you’re dedicated to becoming a professional, you have to prepare to compete in the marketplace.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 300

If you aim for a career in music, your educational choices will profoundly affect your future.

Here are 10 guidelines to help musicians make informed decisions about graduate school. Continue Reading