Removing Willpower Gives Space to What Matters Most If I come in extra early for work at NYC Guitar School, I know what to expect when I open the door?a weird, unearthly, ethereal sound: ?Meeeeeeeeeiiiii (with a rising pitch)? ?Maaaaaaaahhh (with a falling pitch)? It?s my long time partner, and the Director of Camps and Rock Bands, Jen, singing her vocal warm up and practice routine.
“Outer-Oriented” Success Is Driving Anxiety And Depression In Kids Reframing Success Can Help ? ? ?School is starting. My kids are excited about friends, sports and music, and even some favorite classes. But there is something else going on, too. They are anxious…about fitting in, about math, about homework, about getting into college even if it is years away?and about not measur
Don?t Let Yourself Down Again…Stick With What You Care About ? ? ?When I was 13 years old, I had the incredible opportunity of taking a summer language course in Spanish. By August, I had a great head start on learning an exciting language. ? ? ?And then? ? ? ?And then my family moved to a small Idaho town where there were no language classes in the school, and I didn?t take a
What are the characteristics of an effective 1-1 meeting? ? ? ?The other day, I led a management training meeting for members of our team who aren?t yet managers on the topic of 1-1 meetings. I started by asking the students what they thought an effective one-on-one meeting between a manager and a team member should look and feel like.? ? ? ?Now, if I ask this question of people who are already ma
Our Kids Live In A Hyper-Competitive, Comparison-Obsessed Culture Amplified By Social Media ? ? ?The note from the loving parent of a potential summer camper was heartfelt and expressed deep concern about a struggling teenager: ?Being a good guitar player is really important to my son?s self-esteem–so I?m worried about him being placed in a group with a better player. Can we talk about this?
NYC Guitar School East in tip-top, 3S-ed form! Cleaning Up Is Faster, More Fun And More Effective With This Simple Lens ? ? ?At NYC Guitar School, we have lots of rooms, lots of equipment, lots of books, and lots of moving parts.? Sometimes they get messy!? ? ? ?And it isn?t just physical rooms or file cabinets that get messy–so do processes and systems, like the way we book lessons or do ou
Strategies And Tips For Mastering Music? From Master Players And Teachers by Issac Hernandez, NYC Guitar School ? ? ?What is the best way to practice? It can be quite a confusing and daunting subject to break down because there are numerous approaches, and there are always a multitude of things to practice.? ? ? ?In this article, I will explore techniques and strategies that will give you the bigg
? ? ?Over-lecturing is a common teacher mistake that kills the passion and progress of students.? ? ? ?Sometimes we talk too much because of ego; we want to show off. Sometimes we talk too much because of laziness in preparation. But usually we talk too much (or for music teachers like myself, we play too much) because we are so enthusiastic about our topic, and we have a fundamental misunderstand
? ? ?Many parents, like me, use a parental control feature to limit the time and content of their children’s screen time. For me, it is the Screen Time app on the iPhone–and my 12-year-old daughter is not a fan! ? ? ?Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase “Parental Control?. ?It conjures up images of a wise parent protecting an immature child, who cannot resist th
Or If You Don?t Have The Time To Be World-Class, Why Not Settle For Being Merely Awesome (In Guitar Or Life) ? ? ?We have all heard that it is counterproductive to compare yourself with others. But…sometimes we do. So even though I love to quote John ?don?t compare yourself to others, just do your best? Wooden, in this blog series I?m giving in to the dark side–our motivation to compar