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My last name is 潘 “Pan,” but the 元 “Yuan” is the Chinese character unique to my name. Growing up, my Mom would explain how 元 meant “number one” or “first place.” In the days of Chinese emperors, there would be an annual Imperial Examination. Local province tests would culminate with a national … More Yuan Mindset
This summer, I made the very difficult decision to leave the Colburn School. Below is an open letter to all the students and families from the Jumpstart Young Musicians Program. Dear Students and Parents, Some of you have heard that I have accepted an offer outside of Colburn, and will not be returning for the … More FALL 2018 New Beginnings
Question coming in from the weekend coming in over Facebook: “Hello Huei! I am a huge fan of yours and I was wondering if you can give me some advice on how I can better my single stroke rolls. Thank you!” – JM Hi J, Thanks for your complimentary message! Some keys to developing … More #AskHuei: Faster Singles
In the second episode of the podcast, I share a story of perseverance and hard work. https://apple.co/2C1Xx3p LISTEN IN “The Worst Snare Drummer I’ve Ever Seen” was one of the most popular blogposts I’ve ever written. If you read it before, experience it again with the audio version as I revisit the story … More The Worst Snare Drummer I’ve Ever Seen (Ep. 002)
I get this question often enough that I figured I’d share the quick overview answer: “Hey there, I am a Percussion Director in NC. My question is about what types of cameras/audio devices you’re using when creating the most clean videos. Are you using a go-pro and then formatting the audio with another program? I … More What gear are you using?
My private lesson students are in their final week of preparing for All-State and All-Southern auditions. Here’s what I want to remind them of before they step into the room to perform. CONTEXT Practice Performing Students may play perfectly in lessons or when practicing by themselves, but putting them on the spot can sometimes … More Last Minute All-State Audition Tips
With the DCI audition season in full swing, questions have been rolling in on Instagram and Facebook (live stream Q&A’s on Sundays). While I’ve started putting out weekly tips on my YouTube channel, I’ve also compiled my most popular posts on the whole process in my 2nd edition of the 2017 DCI and WGI Blogpost Recap. … More 2017 DCI and WGI Blogpost Recap
I used to love watching this show on Food Network called “Dinner Impossible.” Each episode, the show’s central figure, Chef Irvine, would be given some ridiculous task, such as serving 1,000 people in the amount of time it takes most people to go grocery shopping. I learned a lot of things from watching the show, … More What’s Done? Setting Goals and Taking Action (4/5)
“How are you doing?” When I finally learned being “busy” and being “productive” were two different things, I eliminated “busy” from my list of answers. Here’s how I stopped just talking about my ideas, and found a process to actually start doing something about them. This is the second post in a series titled, “Setting … More Put it in the Calendar: Setting Goals and Taking Action (2/5)