Riding On Talent: Why Musicians Need the Growth Mindset to Succeed

Working with the high-level graduate students at the Yale School of Music reveals an undercurrent that pervades a lot of high-achievers: riding on talent.  It stems from a mindset (known as the Fixed Mindset) that does not allow failure.  Paradoxically, those who ride on talent are not as likely to experience success as those who work hard and learn from …

Creativity for Music Entrepreneurs Part V: Design Thinking in 3 Steps

Design Thinking is all the rage these days in academic circles, often misused and overhyped as the perfect teaching tool. In fact, Design Thinking is an excellent process for advancing creativity and innovation when properly understood and applied. Design thinking is the human-centered design process that helps you understand the emotional needs of the people whose problems you are solving through …

Creativity for Music Entrepreneurs Part IV: 4 Steps to Develop and Improve Your Idea

What happens when you have come up with lots of big, juicy ideas for your innovative solution? Is that enough to create a workable solution to your problem? Not so fast! When we last left the music entrepreneurs in my Innovation and Collaboration class at the Yale School of Music, they had gone through the stage of the creativity problem …

Creativity for Music Entrepreneurs Part III: Have Fun with Ideation

Now comes the fun part: ideation! This is the stage of the creativity problem solving process where you generate a lot of wild, crazy ideas in order to come up with an innovative solution to the problem you are solving. When we last left our music entrepreneurs in my Innovation and Collaboration Class at the Yale School of Music, the …

Creativity for Music Entrepreneurs Part II: 3 Steps to Clarify Your Problem

My class on Innovation and Collaboration at the Yale School of Music is designed to teach music entrepreneurs how to innovate by solving a problem near and dear to their hearts in the world of classical music. My students are creative individuals who are eager to do something meaningful with their music.   They also want to come up with solutions that have …

Director of Development

Astrid’s sessions [at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive] were, by far, my favorite. I have always considered myself a fairly self-aware person, but she helped me articulate those qualities and values that matter most to me; taught me how to identify my feelings and behaviors; and challenged my own pre-conceptions of myself. She made me think of myself as …

General Director’s Office, San Francisco Opera

[My favorite sessions at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive were] Astrid’s by far! I really enjoyed her energy and the pace of her sessions. I felt that she gave us tools (such as the to do lists) that will help us apply what we learned immediately. – Claire Padden-Havens, General Directors’ Office, San Francisco Opera

Director of Artistic Development and Mezzo Soprano

All of the sessions with Astrid [at the 2016 Opera America Leadership Intensive] were incredibly useful to me because I learned an immense amount about Leadership skills but also about myself….I will certainly apply the lessons learned about myself and my strengths from the sessions with Astrid. – Jennifer Rivera, Director of Artistic Development and Mezzo Soprano, Opera America Leadership Intensive …