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Time Segments

I ask my violin students to play their instruments every day for a set amount of time. Rather than set guidelines as to how many times they should rehearse their scale, piece, or a certain line of music, I suggest they acknowledge boundaries of time. For example, if they have 30 minutes to play, they ought to spend 10 minutes on scales and arpeggios, 10 minutes on etudes and 10 minutes on their main composition. Of course, each of these time segments could be further broken up into smaller bites, each one used for a smaller detail or skill.

There are two reasons why this kind of playing is effective. First, it involves goal-setting and decision-making, and this up front rather than part way through. Second, it helps free up brainpower to problem-solve musical and technical concerns. If my goal is only to do something a certain number of times, I will naturally attempt to get through this quota as fast as possible. There are obvious problems with this. By surrendering to limitations of time, I give myself space to find unique solutions.

This morning I’m thinking about how this applies to the way I spend my work/design/reading/making time.


Baking Sheets

Check out the beautiful textures on my mom’s old baking sheets. I would love to use these in a design project some day.

Orange Lights, Downtown Mpls

I spotted these construction lights taken out of their normal context in downtown Minneapolis, MN.


These are some photos I took on a recent trip to Kansas City, MO. I’ve been discovering the truth (nicely articulated by Austin Kleon) that interest is often created by exclusion of content rather than inclusion. My goal with these photos is to demonstrate that.

Spring Poster

I designed this poster for the Lirica Chamber Ensemble’s spring concert.