What can musicians learn from Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory?

Watching Andy Murray soar to victory at this year’s Wimbledon was as much a lesson in superlative tennis playing as it was in mental and psychological preparation and willpower. It’s true of course, that many of the top tennis players in the world play fantastically well, so what distinguishes the winner from the runner-up? Especially…

Preparing for your piano exam

With the holiday period fast approaching many students will soon be taking music exams. Preparing for a music exam is so important and by ‘preparing’ I am not referring to the amount of practice required to pass exams. This goes without saying and is expected of all candidates; a considerable amount of practice is needed…

Performance Anxiety? 5 top tips

Several blog followers wrote to me last week asking for advice on how to combat performance nerves and anxiety. They were disturbed and upset by the fact that they could practice a piece for months thinking they had perfected it, they then would perform the work and ‘go to pieces’. Performing is a huge topic…