Crushing Classical

Crushing Classical podcast is an ongoing series of provocative interviews with musicians who are pioneering a new path in the classical music genre. I dig into musician's lives who have made an often risky move towards forging a unique path and creating a different kind of music career for themselves. This is particularly challenging in a field where the conventional approach is seeking employment in an orchestra. Join me and learn how others are redefining a thriving classical music career.
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Crushing Classical: Redefining A Thriving Music Career

Aug 31, 2017

What you'll hear:

- Why the very BEST time to introduce your idea/project/movement to the world is when it's BRAND NEW (and you don't know what you're doing yet)


- How and why being the HUB of where the conversation is happening is one of the smartest things you can do (and how to go about it)


- Why having pre-determined "content" is no longer necessary...and what to share instead


- The very BEST way for your audience to find you (this will excite and scare you all at once)


...and much more


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Aug 27, 2017

During this episode, you will learn:

- Why making yourself happy FIRST should be your #1 goal every day

- Why you should say NO twice as much as you say yes...and how to know when to say yes

- How your obsession with accommodating others is actually an obstacle to reaching your goals

- Why ALL conventional wisdom is complete nonsense (i.e. "go the the gym first thing in the morning")

- and much more


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Aug 24, 2017

On this episode, you will learn:


  • The multiple ways you are likely "winging it" in your approach to music making (and the impact it's having on your results AND your career)

  • Why undergraduate music majors who desire a unique career should strongly consider pursuing a different type of music degree (this will surprise you)

  • How to prepare *completely* as a conductor before rehearsal (and why you should never "run a piece down" with an orchestra out of the gate)

  • The very BEST way to correct mistakes that empowers and enables those around you

  • The #1 concept almost no one employs in lessons, rehearsals and performances...that comes directly from your own LIFE

...and much more


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Aug 20, 2017

On this episode, you will learn:

- The #1 thing that is *continuously* in the way of all the things you truly want to accomplish (and it's not going away until you confront it)

- Why food/eating is such a huge deal as you are pursuing your goals (no, this isn't a diet lesson)

- The true source of stress, overwhelm and confusion (and how you can eliminate it right now)

- How and where to use visual cues so you know for SURE if you are *actually* on a track toward pursuing your goals and dreams (this is simple and effective and you can start immediately)

...and much more
Aug 13, 2017

What you'll hear:


- How a single text message sent the two of us into a tailspin...and what we took away from it (we filet ourselves just for you)


- Why we strongly resist being labeled, defined or shoved into a box here at Crushing Classical (and why you should too)


- Why Tracy hasn't published a book yet despite her promise to do so back in January (if you've ever made a public promise and failed, you will appreciate this)
- The #1 thing you can do to help others who are doing great work that is directly impacting your life (and it helps you right back)


...and more obviously. Because there's always more.

This was a tough Fireside Chat for us. We debated about doing it at all. We're human. We struggle. That's what this conversation reveals.


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Aug 10, 2017

Here is what you’ll learn:


The #1 thing you keep hoping for that literally STOPS the possibility of building a career you truly want (Hint: it isn’t fear)


Why starting an ensemble while you’re still in school is actually smart...and the many advantages you’ll have if you do


The incredible importance of ditching the “volunteer” and “do it for free” mindset as quickly as possible...and how to make that shift for yourself


Why it’s critical to create a MUCH larger vision for an ensemble other than “playing gigs and making money”


...and much more


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Aug 6, 2017

What you'll hear on today's show:

- The biggest reason why you haven't yet achieved that thing you say you want MOST

- The BEST thing to do any time you experience setbacks on your journey (this can actually help turn things around for you)

- Why you should consider keeping your biggest goals and intentions mostly to yourself

- The ONLY reason why failure is such a problem for human beings...and how to immediately reframe it for yourself

- How to engineer ENJOYMENT from the (often) painful and unpredictable process of pursuing and achieving a goal

...and much more


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