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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Feb 8, 2019

In this episode, Amy Beth Horman discusses guiding young musicians toward a professional career and, more specifically, the mindsets and practicing habits she thinks they should acquire in order to reach their goals. Amy Beth has wonderful wisdom on the dispositions that can make a huge impact on the progress of young (and less young!) musicians and you will find this chat highly valuable!

Amy Beth elaborates on:

  • Her journey from a budding violinist to an accomplished violinist and teacher and how it comes full circle with her nurturing her own daughter through her own musical endeavors
  • Beyond the Triangle – why she created the podcast and how she hopes it can help parents negotiate the demands and struggles of raising a young artist
  • The mindsets and habits that help rapid progress:

o   The importance of growth mindset

o   Healthy commitment to the fundamental work

o   How to efficiently spread work over time and keep track to make sure we cover everything

o   How using etudes as exercises can help fix specific issues in repertoire

  • How important our disposition is in our development and how prioritizing this can really positively affect progress and enjoyment of music making
  • Spaced repetition technique and how extremely effective it can be when established
  • What she noticed about Ava’s development and how we can apply it to our own practice
  • The importance of performing a lot, seek out opportunities, in order to learn and get comfortable with performing
  • How to use a timer in our practice
  • The importance of grit


ALL ABOUT guest:

On Instagram (avaluwho):

Articles on

Beyond the Triangle:

A few YouTube performances:

Her book recommendation: Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Angela Duckworth



Amy Beth Horman’s appearances are always eagerly anticipated. The Washington Post has described her as being both a "winter tonic" and “having the stuff of greatness.”

A graduate of the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, Ms. Horman won the highly coveted Premier Prix. A winner of both the high school and college divisions of the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloists Competition, she debuted with the NSO at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall at the age of sixteen, performing the third movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Among many other awards, Ms. Horman received the Deane Sherman Award (2000) as one of Maryland’s most promising young artists and the Amadeus Career Grant (2001) from the Amadeus Orchestra.

She has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Fairfax Symphony, Piedmont Symphony, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Orchestre de Meudon, Washington Sinfonietta, Symphony of the Potomac, McLean Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Amadeus Orchestra, Loudoun Symphony, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and The New Mexico Symphony among others. Amy Beth served as resident soloist in The PanAmerican Symphony for four years. Other engagements in the Metropolitan area include those at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and on its Millennium Stage, Constitution Hall and at the Strathmore Hall for the Performing Arts. She has been featured on French-Swiss television and on American cable television and radio broadcasts.


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Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme!  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Also a huge thank you to my awesome producer, Bella Kelly!




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