Dive into your task list with a monthly AFD (Action-Focused Day)

Planning is absolutely essential. But you can’t stop there. If you’re spending too much time making and organizing your lists and notes rather than taking action to check those things off, here’s a way to reset on a regular basis: It’s an ACTION-FOCUSED DAY. The technique is simple, and you’d do well to make room … Read more

UPDATED: New (and free) program in January

[This post was originally posted automatically as a December project, but we have since decided to move this program to January. See the updated dates below. But you can still apply now!] While COVID numbers are getting better and the arts are opening up bit by bit, a lot of performers are still feeling very, … Read more

Fourteen ways to annoy a job lead

Please don’t make the folks behind the table make faces like this… We list a lot of different things on the Lauri’s List site, including both public and members-only jobs and gig listings.  Some of these require quick action, and we’ve discovered over the years that even some of our more experienced Listers (me too!) … Read more

Bulletin markup and hymnal flagging

Pencils ready? Here’s an odd little topic to either make your life easier or make you crazy. This may not seem to take real skill, but it’s a technique that can not only make your life easier, it can make you look really, really good. (Huzzah for that!) All the pieces Every singer who has … Read more

In praise of partnerships

This is not a post about romance. But it might be about loneliness. Don’t worry, dear Listers – I’m fine. No cry for help here. But I’ve been keenly aware lately that the pandemic has left a lot of very creative people adrift, and even now that the light is shining through the clouds, there … Read more

Cherished music from the past…and a little reminder to protect it

I have a sad tale that many musicians share: I once lost ten years’ worth of digital recording files due to the unexpected failure of an external hard drive. I had chosen carefully, protected the drive from the usual threats (heat, surge, virus, etc.), and it was only about three years old, which is about … Read more

ISBAT Syndrome

I’ve been meaning to write about this for some time, especially since one of the emotive words I’m hearing most often in coaching sessions during the pandemic is “frustrated”. We all have good reason to feel that way right now — more than usual. But I’d like to tell you two stories. First, yes — … Read more

Make practice a little more ‘super’

Our most observant Twitter followers have probably picked up on my fascination with Lifehacker, a blog that covers wide-ranging topics and solutions for problems you didn’t even know you had.  Sometimes it’s genuinely helpful.  Sometimes it’s dead wrong. Sometimes it’s just plain fun.  (And sometimes, it even features one of our own!) A post from … Read more

Things to do while you’re stuck at home

For those who suddenly find themselves with time on their hands because rehearsals and performances have been canceled, cabin fever is a danger almost as scary as the coronavirus. Here are a few things that might help you make the most of this time “off”:

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