4 Lessons From Tom Waits on Finding Your Voice

4 Lessons From Tom Waits on Finding Your Voice

I decided to go about learning from him in a rather strange way. Before I piped his songwriting into a pair of headphones, I listened to as many of his interviews as I could. I got sucked into an epic informational vortex...

Seasons of Bravery: When It's the LAST Thing You Want to Do

Seasons of Bravery: When It's the LAST Thing You Want to Do

Someone from back home (Washington state) asked me the last week, "How's the book tour going?" my response was, "I'm on a book tour?!?!" Here's the email I just sent to my tribe...

#AskEmilyAnn FB Livestream: Creative Zones

#AskEmilyAnn FB Livestream: Creative Zones

Today’s question is “What do you do to get into your creative zone?” Submitted by Lars Carl Schmid in Switzerland 🇨🇭 

#AskEmilyAnn: Keeping Up Momentum Without a Deadline

#AskEmilyAnn: Keeping Up Momentum Without a Deadline

Today’s question is “What advice do you have to keep the momentum even when there isn’t an actual deadline?”

New Song! "Tell Me Again"

New Song! "Tell Me Again"

I wrote this song for the Bushwick Book Club's most recent concert featuring songs inspired by Lindy West's book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. (Pictured above, you'll see her sitting right in front of the stage! No pressure!) Lindy West is most definitely one of my modern heroines. She writes these killer articles for the New York Times and always has such important, powerful things to say.

7 Steps to Setting Difficult Boundaries

7 Steps to Setting Difficult Boundaries

If you’re reading this, most likely you’ve found yourself at one time or another feeling like a friend, family member, client, or student has stepped on your toes.

#AskEmilyAnn FB Livestream: Carving Out Time to Be Creative

#AskEmilyAnn FB Livestream: Carving Out Time to Be Creative

This week’s #AskEmilyAnn: Carving out time to be creative! (Question sent in from Christina!)

How To Get Paid For Every Minute

How To Get Paid For Every Minute

Why My Craving for Stress-Free Living Fuels My Almost-Insane Productivity. I’m a productivity junkie. I really get a kick out of knowing that I’m not wasting time. I do this almost to a fault...

How to Stop Putting Out Fires: Time Blocking 101

How to Stop Putting Out Fires: Time Blocking 101

Going from Crisis to Calm with Your Calendar. So there you are: It’s the end of your week, the end of your day and for the life of you, you canNOT remember what you actually accomplished and worse IF you actually accomplished anything at all. 

How to Gracefully Turn Away a Mismatched Client

How to Gracefully Turn Away a Mismatched Client

There will come a time in any small business owner’s career when they find themselves in one (or probably both) of the following situations...

8 Outstanding Ways to Use Playlists with Your Business

8 Outstanding Ways to Use Playlists with Your Business

Whether we’re talking about SoundCloud, Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube — audio or visual — playlists are my secret weapon in my business. I use them ALL the time. Here are my top methods grouped into three of my favorite main usages: Ambience, Education, and Collaboration. Maybe you’ll get a few stellar ideas from this list too!

So, What Do YOU Do? Why Your “About Me” Is Never About You

So, What Do YOU Do? Why Your “About Me” Is Never About You

Our answers and stellar discussion in this little online hangout reminded me about the importance of your “About Me”. Sometimes, this comes in the form of a page on your website or an introduction at a networking conference. It also comes in the form of answering the following question when you’re at a dinner party when someone inevitably asks…

How to Nurture a Love For Daily Practice

How to Nurture a Love For Daily Practice

After teaching music lessons to both adults and kids for more than a decade, I know a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t work to perfect your students’ practice regime.

Stage Fright is the *Worst.* This Might Help.

Stage Fright is the *Worst.* This Might Help.

Stage fright, you guys. When it’s bad, it’s really bad. After years of performing on various stages, under different levels of pressure and standards of perfection, in front of a range of audience numbers, and filled with various types of people, I know this...

On Running a Business: Why I Abandoned a Tuition Payment Plan Forever

On Running a Business: Why I Abandoned a Tuition Payment Plan Forever

I abandoned accepting regular monthly payments from my music students. I had all of them sending me a medium-sized check once each month for my tuition payment plan. Super simple concept, right?

Well, not really. There was a lot of emailing, texting and calling about scheduling and collecting payment. It seemed like I had a part-time job as bill collector. Yuck.

As teachers, we ask our students to practice (hopefully daily) so the notion of external and internal motivators should be a familiar concept to you. But, just in case, here’s a refresher…

It's the Day After the Day After.

It's the Day After the Day After.

You should see my Facebook feed. Every artist I know (which is a lot of them) are taking arms with paintbrushes, poetry, song, and even knitting needles. My friend Kaitlin tagged me in a challenge alongside this quote from Toni Morrison...

6 Reasons Why a Song is The Greatest Gift You'll Ever Give

6 Reasons Why a Song is The Greatest Gift You'll Ever Give

One of my favorite parts of my job as a musician is writing songs for people. No, not for the greater public to enjoy via Spotify or at a house concert of mine, although I love that too. My favorite part about being a songwriter is...

Masterclass in Minimalism & Songwriting

Masterclass in Minimalism & Songwriting

I've pulled the trigger on some rather large lifestyle changes. Without divulging too many details (ones not yet ready to be revealed) I can say that Marie Kondo and minimalism have been heavy on my mind.  

I Don't Drink Caffeine & Here's Why...

I Don't Drink Caffeine & Here's Why...

This hipster shot of a previously enjoyed mocha of mine exists to tell you that the other day I broke my caffeination fast with a soy latte. I cut caffeine out about 4 weeks ago because I started noticing my essential tremor in MY OTHER HAND. 😳 It's not very noticeable. But *I* notice. I notice very much. The degenerative nature of my neurology is breathing down my neck. and officially down both shoulders.