"I try to remind students why we're doing music. It's about creating beauty and it's something you enjoy, something your audience will enjoy. Musicians can get really competitive. If you're just trying to do better than the other guy, or if you're trying to get better out of fear of being exposed as a fraud, you're not really in the right space. If you're singing out of fear, you have a 100 percent chance that it's not going to be right. Even if the notes are right, even if you're doing everything correctly, your listeners are going to be able to tell, and it's just going to ring false somehow. Now if you have a spirit of joy in creating music, you still might mess it up. Maybe then you have a 50 percent chance of getting it right. But at least you give yourself a chance. Yes, everybody should learn to play the piano and should learn their 251s and should learn music theory and sight reading—I'm all about competence. But I never want my students to forget that this is all in service of something that's supposed to be beautiful and supposed to be a pleasure."