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  • What miracle changes should a magic wand make? magic wandMarketability seems to be the clear driving force behind who becomes a celebrity, and that in turn has a strong influence on popularity-seeking decision-makers.
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Rob Romeyn RobRomeyn_160429aIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • 7 bold ways live music will make you enchanted concert_teatrocolonWhen asked “Why do you think live classical music concerts are important?” there were some unique perspectives, including pleasure, the impact they have on us, and…
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Jeffrey Biegel JeffreyBiegel_160429aIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Dale Trumbore DaleTrumbore_160429aIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • The strongest challenges for authentic musicians this year lightbulbsSome of the challenges the “classical” music industry currently faces include collaborating, the in-person experience vs. technology, integrity, and lifestyle. But, the top five answers so far are…
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Shoshana Fanizza ShoshanaFanizza_160429aIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • My new book! book_BoostYourConcertCareerNow_Cover160426aAs a musician, how effective are you at sharing music with others? Could you perform better, relate better, choose more engaging music, perform in environments more suited to your personality? Answers you need but didn’t know you should look for.
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Paul Scanling Paul F. Scanling, Music Director & Principal Conductor, Atlanta Concert Band What is your official title? Music Director & Principal Conductor, Atlanta Concert Band What project will you be working on in three months from today? Memorial Day, July 4th, & August Family Pops Concerts In one sentence, describe your role in that project: I provide the leadership necessary to allow the organization to succeed at presenting a wide variety of ...
  • A memorable match made in… the pre-frontal cortex?! Nostalgia memories and musicThe connection between music, memories and emotion is so strong that researchers believe that it may even elicit emotional responses from Alzheimer patients.
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Denise Isaacson Denise Isaacson, President of the Richey Community OrchestraIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Brett Deubner BrettBeubner_160325aIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • How life rewards the committed professional Commitment causes contentment and happinessWhy choose to be committed to anything? What rewards and benefits do I get by committing to something? What happens if I over-commit myself? Will committing to something make me feel any better than I do now?
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Robert Adams RobertAdams_160325aIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Jonathan Eifert Jonathan Eifert InterviewIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • 4 staggering success beliefs you should choose right now TableInRoomAdopt these four mantras and you will definitely begin seeing ‘success’ as you have defined it much sooner than you ever thought possible.
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Kariné Poghosyan KarinePoghosyan_160227aWe are not just there to provide a temporary escape, but we have the power to make people come to life, to be re-energized about their own lives and dreams!
  • What one frustrating barrier do you need to overcome? Where's that book?What is that one obstacle you must overcome first in order to complete today’s task and propel you towards you dream? 3 tactics that will propel you towards your dream.
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Denis Bertrand Denis BertrandNothing compares to a live performance. The sound, the audience, the venue. It’s an opportunity to share a common interest with other people.
  • Do you know how to kick-start your dreams? Goal Dream TaskTaking just one little step every day towards either your goal or your driving motivation (a.k.a. dream) will provide you with very surprising results: actual…
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: William Harvey William HarveyIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • The two greatest decisions you love to ignore LuxuryYou thought your lifestyle was an outcome, a result of your upbringing, or perhaps just chance. But it is actually a result of the decisions you made along the way.
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Gabriella Ibarra Gabriella IbarraIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • The one really terrible environment you need to know about! NervousWhen figuring out when and where to perform, you need to ask yourself two very specific questions. Your responses to these questions could mean the difference between an amazing musical adventure, and total career disaster.
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Andrew Cottee Andrew CotteeIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Kevin Padworski Kevin Padworski  What is your official title? Director of Music & Organist; Artistic Director. What project are you currently working on? Sanctuary Renovation and Pipe Organ Installation. In one sentence, describe your role in that project: I provide artistic and musical vision for the desired outcome of the project. What skills are necessary for a person in your position? 1.) Excellent leadership skills, including ...
  • What exactly does “Intentional Cultural Responsibility” mean? Fashion is being intentional about the culture you choose to live in.I encourage you to be intentional about the contribution you make to the culture you choose to live in. Lofty words, but what do they mean, exactly?
  • More of the best advice you were ever given: Michael Seal Michael SealIf you could change one thing about the classical music industry, what would it be? What are the biggest mistakes you have made in your career? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you got started?
  • The one exciting environment you need to know about You might find a small ensemble environment very exciting!Something we all naturally navigate towards are experiences that make us feel good, but oftentimes we forget to consider some of the elements that contribute to those wonderful moments.
  • Alan Rickman, David Bowie, Pierre Boulez – a generation lets go of the torch Will you carry the torch flame next?Younger generations should not expect to fill anyone else’s shoes, but rather demonstrate their own value they bring to the world, of which we all have plenty. But there is a decision to make:
  • Your strongest support skill can improve your well-being What is your best support skill?Whether or not you know it, you have a skill you excel in. Another thing you are good at is at least one “support” skill that usually operates in the background. Which of the four support skills are you best at?
  • How can community music be more fascinating? Live community music is a core foundation of any CultureEvery organization has a specific characteristic that endears people to it. Consider how they make you feel. Do they match any of the following primary advantages?
  • Results of my Annual Readers’ Survey 2015 AnnualSurveyTHANK YOU. For reading this post, and For completing my Annual Readers’ Survey earlier this month (if you did!). The analysis is complete and it is fascinating! Here is a brief summary: According to my Annual Reader Survey 2015, most of my readers are Christian men aged 25-39 years old who live in the USA, about half of whom have a Masters ...
  • Am I helping? SPB's Annual Reader's Survey 2015It is time for you to let me know how much I am helping you build a better society through live music. Click here to take my annual Reader’s Survey 2015
  • What is the best way to boost your performing career? Jogging with a coach alongside makes it more fun and much easierThere are over 50,000 music majors graduating from higher education every year all over this easy-to-travel-and-relocate planet. How on earth do you keep your concert calendar full with all that competition? Well, many folk don’t and settle for a life with a ‘real job’ and amateur or community music, sometimes complete with a strong dose of bitterness. ...
  • Who are the best expert classical music life coaches? Flute in chamber ensembleIt seems we have hit upon a hot topic! My last two posts about how a coach can help classical musicians, and the mistakes people make when hiring a coach have been very popular, evidenced by both the number of shares (look at the share bar at the bottom of each post) and with the number ...
  • 20 ways to conquer the world with a behind-the-scenes coach #StayMotivated with a coachWhat do Steve Jobs, Jodie Foster and Daniel LaRusso have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all related to the movies. However, there is a far more important connection they all share…
  • 7 quick ways to embrace delightful simplicity Wall Storage Tidy SimplicityAs musicians juggling multiple poles within spinning plates on them, we can often be blinded by our busyness. So why should and how can musicians stuck in the “First World” keep life simple?
  • How do you deal with really arrogant or bumbling drivers? Calm Road RageThere are a great many arrogant and bumbling drivers on the roads these days. Especially worrisome are the inattentive ones. But of course, we are perfect drivers, right?!
  • 9 Daring Ways to Assault Negativity and #StayMotivated Autumn Fall Colorful #StayMotivatedToday we explore three articles that help us face negativity and stay motivated through difficult and trying times. The College Board has advice for all of us, not just students, and the motivational guru Zig Ziglar shares one of the most important actions we can take to improve our lives and get ourselves back on ...
  • How to overcome workaholism through a better #LifeBalance Live music and help bring a healthy work-life balanceToday we look at three articles that demonstrate pretty clearly how we often kid ourselves about how hard and how much we need to work, and what we can do about it.
  • 5 terrific exercises to conquer time and energy Time and Energy ManagementToday we explore three articles that will help us conquer our time and energy management. In fact, one of the articles says would should focus on managing our unlimited energy resources more than our limited time resources! We also look at what one CEO of five companies recommends we focus on, but we start with ...
  • 15 Inspiring Quotes about the Joy of Passion #ShareMyPassionToday we explore three articles that help us with one of the Western World’s most difficult things to express: what we are passionate about. For some reason it has generally become taboo to think of anyone as passionate about anything, so below we explore the energy and authentic joy when sharing our passions with others, ...
  • How to lead by celebrating humility and the classics Leadership: Study the classicsToday we explore three articles that help us define good and strong leadership, including why it is worth celebrating, as well as some solid advice to those starting out as leaders. But we begin with one of the most counter-cultural aspects of successful leaders that people generally do not like to talk about, or even ...
  • 10 Things You Need to Drop to Stay Motivated Writing things down may help you stay motivatedThree articles that help us stay motivated, including seven techniques that are so important they appear in articles in both Forbes and Inc!
  • Sir Richard Branson’s 5 inspiring tips for balancing a quality life Balancing work and life can be as much a sport as anything elseThree articles that could help us maintain a healthy work/ life balance, including the dangers of ‘switching off’ and the importance of allocating dedicated time.
  • 10+ Simple Ways to Avoid Wasting Time Keeping an eye on Time ManagementWe look at three articles that explore time management techniques, including a secret from Greg McKeown, 10 tips Entrepreneur magazine, and sage advice from Belinda Gadd.
  • Withhold no more your unparalleled true colors Suits and SocksWhen society let managers and agents become the top-of-the-pyramid decision makers of art, the Western World lost its grip on cultural reality. Do you think the Corporate standardization of classical music has hurt or helped society at large?
  • Five sources of healthy anger Angry CatIt is OK to be angry. Anger usually incites action. As long as we remain civil, our anger can produce amazing outcomes. Do you ever feel angry about the state of music in society? Or are you excited about its rapid transition?
  • Time, Location, Bewilderment What barriers are there to enjoying live classical music?Over the past couple of weeks one of my projects has been soliciting from folk in various stages of life what interferes with their enjoyment of live classical music. The fourth most popular response was that there are no barriers to their enjoying live classical music.