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How I Practice for Symphony NB

June 6th, 2022 by Katherine Moller

I just got off the road with Symphony NB and thought you might be curious about how I practice leading up to our concerts. Symphony NB is a part-time orchestra, so we all have other work that we do in between concerts.  Usually, we get our music a few weeks before our first rehearsal.  Our […]

Why My Timer is My Best Friend

May 6th, 2022 by Katherine Moller

I use my timer for everything…  I use it to steep my tea, I use it when I am reading, I use it when I am practicing the violin, I use it when I nap…  It really is my constant companion! So, why do I use my timer so much?  I use it because it […]

What Do You Do When You Feel Stuck?

April 18th, 2022 by admin

I think that all of us feel stuck at times.  You’ve been working on a piece, and it just doesn’t seem to be getting better even though you have been putting in the time and working on it.  It is so frustrating!   So, what next?  Well, here is what I do and you can try […]

The Three Ps of Success

March 29th, 2022 by admin

So often people wonder why they are not progressing. I have been thinking about what it is that leads to success, and here are three key items: Patience – I can’t tell you how many times I have had students come to me and say “I am still struggling with ____” after only a week […]

Are you “should-ing” on yourself?

November 24th, 2021 by admin

I can’t tell you how many of my students through the years have come to me to ask if their progress is “normal”.  “How far along should I be by now?”  “Should my child already be finished this book?”  Many of my students have also said to me “I should be able to play faster […]

5 Benefits to Being in a Community

July 12th, 2020 by admin

What an interesting time this has been as a self-employed musician!  This COVID-19 pandemic has given me time and space to explore other possibilities, work with a new mentor, and meet up with a new group of musicians!  Sometimes as a self-employed musician, it can feel a bit lonely.  As supportive as friends and family […]

You are enough…

May 19th, 2020 by admin

Recently I have been offered some great opportunities including getting to perform as part of Music NB’s “NB at Home” concert series, and the National Arts Centre’s “Canada Performs” series.  These are both great opportunities to reach a larger audience, and are actually paid performances, which is rare in these days of performing online! I […]

When it’s ok not to practice…

April 19th, 2020 by admin

Have you ever taken our your violin (or other instrument), started practicing, and realized that you just really aren’t feeling it? I had that feeling just the other day getting ready for Symphony NB rehearsals.  I was waiting for contractors to come to my house to finish up some work, so I was trying to […]

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