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Ever wonder why you can practice for hours, sound great in the practice room, and still be frustratingly hit or miss on stage? Join performance psychologist and Juilliard alumnus/faculty Noa Kageyama, and explore research-based “practice hacks” for beating anxiety, practicing more effectively, and playing up to your full abilities when it matters most.
 
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Creative Baggage

Serena Huang & Bailey Spiteri

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A conversation-based podcast giving voice to the unspoken baggage of pursuing a career in the arts. Flutists Bailey and Serena gather the perspectives of various artists and intellectuals in order to revolutionize the concept of creativity. www.creativebaggagepodcast.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/creative-baggage/support
 
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There are a lot of articles on the internet suggesting that perfectionism "kills" creativity. But is that really true? A team of Canadian researchers were curious about this exact question, and put together a study to find out if there was anything to this. And if so, what a better, creativity-optimizing alternative might be. Does Perfectionism Rea…
 
In this episode, Bailey and Serena reflect on everything that's changed since our final episode of Season 3. Bailey has a new job working in the marketing department for the Curtis Institute of Music, and Serena is all settled in Paris. We discuss the process of learning what our individual needs are in life, and how great it feels when we start ma…
 
Do you get bored of doing lots and lots of repetition in the practice room? The good news is that there's a better (and more interesting) way to get your repetitions in. A way that at least in one 2016 study led to a 2x performance improvement in the same amount of time! A Practice Strategy That Could Potentially Be Twice as Effective as Regular Pr…
 
A little chat between co-host Serena and friend of the podcast Yue while playing around on the CB Playground. She asks about the meaning behind Creative Baggage's name and logo, as well as what we look forward to in Season 4. Watch the full video: https://youtu.be/2y45zPUgSVA Check out the CB Playground: https://www.creativebaggagepodcast.com/playg…
 
Looking for some new ways to freshen up your practice routine, get off of a plateau, or find some new inspiration for 2022? Try some of these tips and insights from 2021's podcast guests - Kristian Steenstrup, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, Merry Peckham, Daniel Matsukawa, Ann Bergeron, Natasha Brofsky, Roger Tapping, Lori Schiff, Timothy Kantor, Paul …
 
I stumbled across a home video of me practicing as a young child the other day and was horrified to hear how completely unorganized, unthoughtful, and un-deliberate my practice was at that age. Which made me wonder - can young kids be trusted to practice effectively? A 2010 study provides some clues on what happens at home during the week between l…
 
Some people seem to have a really easy time with memorizing new pieces. Or at least, they seem to be really confident and secure in their memory. Is there something they know that we don't? Are they doing anything differently in the practice room? https://bulletproofmusician.com/musicians-seem-memorization-naturals-can-become-one…
 
We've all heard stories of athletes and musicians using visualization or mental practice to enhance their learning or performance. But how exactly are we supposed to do it? In this episode, you'll learn about PETTLEP; a 7-point "how-to" set of guidelines, developed by two British researchers, drawing from the research in performance psych and neuro…
 
Have you ever wondered why solfège is such a constant in most music curricula? Or why teachers often ask us to sing in lessons? And if any of this is ever going to pay off in meaningful ways? A recent Danish study suggests that integrating a bit of singing into one's practice might indeed have some real worthwhile benefits. Lead author and trumpet …
 
We've all been told that slow practice is important. And while it's certainly an important tool to have in your toolbox, there is research which suggests that slow practice can potentially cause problems too, if we are too focused on slow, accurate playing in the early stages of learning something new. What?! In today's episode, you'll learn why th…
 
The traditional method of learning is to try to learn the correct "textbook" way of performing a skill, and to do lots and lots of repetitions of that exact movement. But there's some increasing research in the last 20 years which suggests that this may not always lead to the best learning or performance. And that doing a bunch of goofy "wrong" rep…
 
I know we've all been told (and experienced first-hand) that cramming doesn't work, and learn better when our practice or study sessions are spaced out over time. But why? What's actually happening in our brains, that makes spaced practice more effective? Why Too-Short Practice Breaks Could Undermine Your Learning…
 
Whether you're a pianist, a singer, or instrumentalist, I'm sure you've had the experience of feeling a sort of musical "chemistry" when collaborating with other musicians. In this month's conversation, pianist and educator Vivian Hornik Weilerstein shares insights on how pianists can be better listeners, leaders, and collaborators with their music…
 
Ever wish you could be a fly on the wall of the practice room of a well-known performer and watch or listen to how they practice? A team of researchers did something close to this - they videotaped expert and intermediate-level athletes practicing for the same exact amount of time, measured their improvement (the experts improved more), and then tr…
 
I think we all go through moments in life where we feel like failures. But has this ever gotten to a point where even though on paper, you are not at all a failure, you still feel like one? And even when everyone else seems to think you're pretty terrific? It's not a silver bullet, but the "directed abstraction" technique could help all of us becom…
 
Mistakes may be inevitable, and there sure are lots of inspirational quotes out there on how important it is to learn from failure... But is that really the best way to learn? Is there any value in learning from successes? Is one better than the other? If We Want to Maximize Learning, is It Better to Focus on Our Failures? Or Our Successes?…
 
Sometimes we don't have the luxury of time, and just have to get new repertoire into our fingers quickly, and up to a playable level asap. When that's the case, can listening to a recording really help to accelerate that process? And by how much? A 2014 study provides some clues on how much of a difference this might make in accelerating the learni…
 
Navigating ensemble rehearsals can in many ways be trickier than figuring out how to practice effectively on your own. But it can be so much fun and incredibly rewarding too! Given that many musicians are returning to ensemble rehearsals after many months away, I thought I'd ask cellist and Cavani Quartet founding member Merry Peckham to share some…
 
Ever notice how learning new things seems to get harder (and slower) as you age? It's not your imagination - but there do seem to be some strategies that could help us offset this a bit. One is a learning "metastrategy" simply called the "Five-Step Strategy" and has been shown to enhance learning in both young adults and older learners (~65 years) …
 
Whether it's an upcoming performance, audition, or just life stuff, it can be difficult to stop worrying or ruminating about things that stress you out. But not only does this feel pretty crummy, it prolongs the stress response as well. A recent meta-analysis looked through 10,000+ studies, and identified seven strategies that seemed to be the most…
 
In this episode, we talk to returning guest Evan Kassof about the problems and value of academia, as well as the role of academia in the arts. He shares his experiences obtaining 6 degrees and the expenses that come with attending University, building on his ideas from our discussion in No. 26: Artists Shouldn't Have to be Broke. Read more about Ev…
 
Getting back into the rhythm of "normal" life is something that I think a lot of folks are grappling with at the moment. And so if your motivation isn't where you'd like it to be, it turns out there might be an interesting motivation "hack" that may help increase your chances of getting things done, and possibly even put you in a slightly more posi…
 
In this month's conversation, Philadelphia Orchestra principal bassoonist Daniel Matsukawa shares insights on three things to focus on to become a better practicer, how to cultivate not just a good but a GREAT sound, and much more! Daniel Matsukawa: On Cultivating a Great Sound, and Three Components of Becoming a Better Practicer…
 
In this episode, we continue our conversation with Noa Kageyama about his decision to quit music. He describes how much lighter everything felt for him, as the work towards mastery would have never ended. We also discuss deconstructing the rigid structures of the music world and embracing making music for fun, both for professionals and amateurs. h…
 
Difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep seems to be increasingly common in these pandemic times. Which can not only have a negative on our physical and mental health and ability to learn and improve in the practice room, but can also just be plain annoying and frustrating too. If you're tired of tossing and turning and clock-watching, the se…
 
In this episode, we talk to Dr. Noa Kageyama about his journey from violinist to performance psychologist. He describes his early success with music, which led him to summer festivals, competitions, and conservatory, and shares the moment he realized that he did not want to become a professional musician. Noa’s story gives us great insight on how t…
 
Gold medal-winning diver Tom Daley was recently in the news for being spotted knitting in the stands at the Olympics. He said that this was his "secret weapon" for staying calm, managing stress, and staying in a better headspace before competing. Does he know something we don't? Could knitting be a viable strategy for managing pre-competition stres…
 
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