Tag: practicediary


  • practice diary #8

    “Things will not change until I change.” But sometimes I have already done the changing and simply I need to keep the change long enough to see the difference. This is true for most things, but I think about it most when I’m practicing cello. Say there is one note that is out of tune. […]

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  • practice

    I spend a significant part of my life in a practice room. For those who have never been in a practice room, they are about the size of a big closet, outfitted with a piano and maybe some sound proofing on the wall (depending on how much funding the school has.) And a little sliver […]

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  • the difference

    What I thought I wanted out of grad school was better cello skills and process. What I actually wanted was the ability to trust my cello skills and process. I wonder what I would have done differently had I known this.

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  • practice diary #7: retrospect series

    The past month I’ve been revisiting questions that began with my graduate work with. Questions that don’t necessarily have a single easy answer. Questions that are more about the process than the result. This week is the conclusion of that trip. What do I need in my practice routine to view it as an essential […]

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  • practice diary #6: retrospect series

    As part of my academic work last year, I wrote down a few guiding questions that I wanted to explore during the school year. This year, I return to them and reflect on how I answer them now: — What is the difference between practicing to ignore my body and practicing to be my body? — […]

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  • practice diary #5: retrospect series

    Continuing the “retrospect” series by looking back at a list of guiding questions I set out to explore last year… 8/2020 Practice as a space to show up for myself now.  – what can I solve in my sound/practice today? right now?  Only problems which can be heard can be solved. The only way to […]

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  • practice diary #4: retrospect series

    In honor of my final academic year I’m taking a look back at the guiding questions I wrote down last year and reflecting on what I learned… 8/2020 – how can I invite my community into my learning as a way of connection? a way of making space for communal loneliness?  Connection implies vulnerability. But […]

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  • practice diary #3: retrospect series

    This past year I’ve been attuning myself to what I’ve learned about music and whether it is something I want to hold onto. In studying classical music I’ve learned that it is inherently bound with a value system that upholds tradition. Tradition that includes a small canon of works that are highly esteemed and thousands that are left to the wayside.

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  • practice diary #2: retrospect series

    My final year of academic is rapidly approaching, and in that I decided to revisit my goals from last year…or as I like to the call them– guiding questions. From 8/2020: I. Music as communal un/learning.  – how can the music I play serve as a tool for dismantling the oppressive racist systems in place […]

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