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  • 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Summer Vacation

    For many of us, the summer vacation is usually booked in advance, planned and designed to use every single minute. Which is great, but it doesn't really leave room for surprises or, dare I say, adventures. So today we are on a mission to bring back some surprises to our summer vacation. We are going to spice up our vacation with five simple things that will make us feel like children again, without giving up our grand plans for the summer. Ready? Let's hit the road!

  • Get Lost

    Is it possible that we are losing the ability to get lost in more than just the geographical sense? Is it possible that by knowing exactly where we are all the time, we are losing something more precious like our ability to be surprised?

  • Expect the Unexpected

    Creativity cannot flourish if we keep seeing only the things we expect to see. If we want to be creative, we must keep ourselves surprised; we must embrace uncertainty and actively look for the unexpected. But how we can achieve that? Isn’t that an inherent contradiction: how can we expect the unexpected?

  • Made You Look!

    We can practice and improve the core of creativity every minute of every day. In fact, we are wired for that.

  • Memorizing Music: The Two Most (and the Two Least) Efficient Strategies

    Not all memorization strategies are created equal. Learn which two are the best use of your time.

  • For More Perfect Practice, Try…Longer…Pauses

    Research suggests that we can learn skills more effectively, if we deliberately add pauses...between...practice...repetitions.

  • Challenges of Creativity

    What are some of the challenges of being creative? An author (a weaver of words), and an artist (a master of imagery), exchange ideas and also share strategies to help kids overcome challenges and express creativity.

  • The Importance of Mentally Disengaging from Work and Practice

    Why failing to disengage from work in our off hours may set us up for burnout and a downward performance spiral.

  • How the Arts Council Cancels Art

    Great art flourishes amid great freedom. The same goes for most of the ‘results’ a civilised society should strive to achieve.

  • 19 Things That Great Music Teachers Do

    What makes a great music teacher so effective? Below are 19 clues, taken from the approaches of three renowned artist-teachers.