the opposite of community

For about a month now, there has been a post nearly ready to publish. For some reason, I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. I’m not certain if this is a sign of maturity or lack of nerve, but for now, this will have to serve in its place. The draft is […]

Lesson Notes 1.

As promised, here are some lesson notes. This student is a marvelous and highly motivated student whose main outlet is playing in a community orchestra. These notes are from a period of time when I was also introducing them to a broad survey of musical ideas, so the listening at the end serves as an […]

A new series: Lesson Notes

Back when I started this blog, social media was a sort of nascent entity—we had no idea if it would stick around or fall into the waste bin of internet things that didn’t last. It was easy to do what we’re now calling creating content and feel secure that the right people would eventually find […]

Spring Cello Studio Class!

If you’re a late intermediate to early advanced cellist and have wanted to study with a group of other students at a similar level, there are four more spots left in the Tamarack Arts spring studio class. It’s a really special offering, where a group of players gather once a week (in this instance, mostly […]

New podcast: cello turbo nerds, this one’s for you!

Sandra Halleran joins me for a deep dive into teaching and learning. She’s also new Tamarack Arts faculty, so you’ll be seeing her around this summer! Thanks to everyone who’s been listening, sharing, and giving feedback.

progress report

So. We’re in Connecticut. If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be turning new private students down and living in a posh small town in southwestern New England, I’d have said you were crazy. As it turns out, there is real pleasure to be had in experiencing places you’d never given much […]

New podcast: David Aks and entry points to improvisation

David was my cello teacher for the last year and a half of my CSUN education, and before that, he coached me in chamber music, conducted the orchestra, led the opera pit ensemble, and taught my first two semesters of music theory. To say he has had an impact on my life is a wild […]