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  • You Are Your Best Audience
    Elizabeth Erenberg - Aug 25, 2014
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    Today’s post is the fourth post in our August Guest Blog Series!  Elizabeth Erenberg is a flutist and co-founder of the website www.Musicovation.com, a site dedicated to sharing and generating positive music news.  In the fluidity that is a music career, I define myself differently almost every day. Today, I am a blogger. Last week,

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  • A Note to Me: D.C.
    Margaret Miller - Aug 21, 2014
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    What I Would Tell My Younger Self… As a university professor, I often tell my studio stories from my student days in order to make a point about something, usually practicing!  I have been thinking about this topic quite a bit this summer, as the new performing/academic year is fast approaching.  This is certainly not

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  • The NFL jumps the shark
    Robert Levine - Aug 20, 2014
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    While this story doesn’t have an exact analogy in our business, it’s nonetheless revealing of a phenomenon that has begun to appear in our field: The NFL reportedly asked Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay, their top choices to play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, if they would be willing to pay the league in

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  • On Blogging
    Zachary Preucil - Aug 28, 2014
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    This September marks the two-year anniversary of my entry into the blogosphere. I began writing for Polyphonic soon after I began my graduate studies at Eastman in 2012, and have contributed regularly ever since. The experience of sharing my writing and receiving feedback has been as educational as it has been enjoyable, and as I’ve

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  • Broaching the Taboo of Performance Anxiety
    Zachary Preucil - Aug 14, 2014
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    Last week, I wrote about the many benefits that regular exercise can afford performers, including that of reducing “anxiety sensitivity” (reacting negatively to anxious symptoms). Fittingly, this past weekend I was asked to speak on the matter while teaching at a high school orchestra retreat. The retreat, which took place at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater,

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  • A Musical Incentive to Hit the Gym
    Zachary Preucil - Aug 7, 2014
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    Those of you who know me personally can attest that “exercise” is not a word that appears in my vocabulary. I can’t jog a block without stopping, I can’t throw a basketball to save my life, and if the grades I received in high school gym class had actually counted in my G.P.A., I definitely

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