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Daily Practice

A popular adage would have us believe that if we do what we love, we’ll never work a day of our lives. Musicians know this is nonsense. We work hard for our art – and we’re proud of it!

This, our 50th issue, pays tribute to that work. Not to the fantastic finales or the once-in-a-lifetime successes, but to what brings us back to our instrument after last night’s applause has faded: our daily practice. We also explore different kinds of practices we can cultivate in pursuit of long-term creativity.

Sarah Robinson offers a solution for dealing with the stress and anxiety that often accompanies a musician’s life: meditation. Debunking some common misconceptions, she offers advice on how to take up a habit of meditation.

We share an excerpt of Dale Trumbore’s upcoming book, “Staying Composed.” Trumbore identifies a common but likely under-discussed experience among musicians: the whiplash of emotions we may contend with during successes. But by staying grounded in the present moment, we might enjoy the excitement of the unpredictable.

21CM is excited to announce a new series with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Practice Tips, produced by 21CM’s Matthew Champagne, taps the wisdom of members from one of the country’s premiere training orchestras on how to make the best use of our time in the practice room. This month, we welcome flutist Alexandria Hoffman and percussionist Simón Gómez Gallego.

We welcome Conrad Tao as our POP Picks curator and invite you to learn about the people, organizations and projects that inspire his daily work as a musician.

Thanks for joining the conversation. Now get back in the practice room!

Mark Rabideau
Director, 21CM

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Mark Rabideau is a cultural entrepreneur, busy re-imagining how we must prepare musicians to thrive within the shifting marketplace and cultural landscape of the contemporary moment. …more 

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