Janet’s Articles

Using Cosmic Habit Force to Achieve Wonderful Results

How can we make practice a part of every day? Just link it to something that you do every day. Something like, getting up:  before bedtime, after lunch, before story time.Other ideas: Plan practice for certain days and times of the week. Make it special time just with you and this child.However, Dr. Suzuki used […]

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Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

“You’re so lucky,” one of my students long ago commented. “You can just get up there on stage and play and not be nervous.”I smiled and remembered the words of one of my mentors who said it best: “Every master was once a disaster.” (T. Harv Eker)For me, getting over fear and anxiety of speaking […]

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The Art of the Start

I read a book about starting a business about 7 years after I started one. The book was called The Art of the Start. I love that title. Some people think that a business is started only when everything is perfect and in order.  The words “art” and “business” would seem to not belong in […]

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Let’s Go to Concerts!

After 30 years of performing and playing with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, I resigned from my position in the 2nd violin section. It was a very hard decision, but directing The Music Connection, encouraging/mentoring students, families, staff and teachers here, teaching my studio of private students, being a board member of Suburban Youth Symphony, serving […]

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Celebrate You

Sometimes we get so busy with the everyday things that we just can’t seem to stop.Several years ago, I had a great mentor. On our very first telephone call, I was talking a mile a minute, telling her about my life, business, and what I hoped and needed to achieve. When I came up for […]

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Maybe because I grew up in a big family I have always loved to be around people. Sharing meals, interests, conversations, hugs, laughter, news, and experiences has always been what it is all about.And music.During the years, I have to say that the time leading up to the holiday concert are my favorite! Helping students […]

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Back to School!

By now, most children are back to school. The summer seems to fly by, and yet each summer has its cherished memories…time to swim and be with friends at picnics and ball games, seeing family, outdoor concerts, golf, bike rides, Farmers Market and ….no homework!Now it’s fall: New schedules! More regular schedules; off to preschool, […]

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Building Focus and Concentration: The Day I Learned to Be Wallpaper

Sometimes parents will get frustrated with a child who seems distracted and does not pay attention. Often times, being well meaning, they will suddenly say in a stern voice: “focus, focus, pay attention to your teacher!”Then, I usually take the parent aside later and tell them gently: just sit in the chair and be “wallpaper” […]

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Breaking Through and The Challenge

Each year, rather than make a New Year’s resolution, I have started naming the year before I live it.So this year, January 2017, I named my “Breakthrough Year”!The 26 day challenge this year has been the start of what I know will be an amazing year. Challenging myself to live and recommit to what I […]

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Never Give Up

I remember hearing the story of Winston Churchill giving a speech at his old school. It was in 1941, during World War II.   He said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up… The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees […]

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