i hope your summer is going fabulously! i've been busy developing a clinic on the subject of audition preparation, and i'm delivering it 4 times in various parts of the world. the first class, for the wonderful students of the boston university tanglewood institute (BUTI) percussion department, was absolutely phenomenal.
if you're anywhere near the three remaining locations, please come and say hello! bring your audition preparation questions and i'll give you everything i've got.
- 6/28: tanglewood (done!)
- 7/08: south africa
- i'm currently smack in the middle of my amazing festival in south africa called the stellenbosch international chamber music festival. my class will be in fismer hall at the music conservatory of the university of stellenbosch from 3-4:30pm, south africa standard time.
- 7/16: new york city
- this will be my 3rd time (!) teaching at the juilliard summer percussion seminar. the class is from 3-5pm, eastern time, in room 309 at the juilliard school.
- 7/17: indiana university
- i'm so honored and excited to join the indiana percussion academy and workshop this year for the first time ever. my class will be from 10am-12pm.
- note: if you are interested in coming to this, please email me and i'll do my best. :-)
hope to see you there!
preparing for an audition?
here's the free 5-step guide to preparing for an audition. (and slow practice doesn't appear once.)
for any instrument.
mock auditions are an essential part of the audition preparation process. but just doing mocks isn’t going to solve all your problems.
it’s all in the details. exactly how you carry out a mock audition will affect what kind of performance benefit you see from it. today’s video is about 3 of the most common mistakes that i see musicians make in mocks.
and why taking fewer auditions, not more, can work.
sometimes it takes an odd strategy to prepare and win one of the biggest timpani auditions on earth.
a truly devastating audition can lead to a truly meaningful audition pivot.
what gives you a better shot of passing the tape round of an audition: sending in an all-natural, unedited tape, or doing some editing and submitting an artificially enhanced tape? and if you do edit your audition tape, is it cheating?
did you know that 12-year-olds in new york city prepare for a test more methodically than most musicians prepare for professional auditions?
our brand new one-week mini-course is live. here’s the entire first training video, called 'how to make your audition preparation plan.’
attending orchestra concerts is something that, over a period of years, can transform the way you speak the language of music.
the only way to earn a spot at the best conservatories and music schools is to start early, work hard and be super, unbelievably prepared at the audition.
guys… welcome back. the first auditionhacker video of the year is out today and it’s about how to restart your practice routine for the year.
our met season is starting TOMORROW, and i’m learning music to record for future videos. i need to practice smart so i don't suck too much.
i broke down the process into 3 steps so you clearly understand how to do it for yourself for this year.