Happy students have a stated well thought through project in mind. Then they line up their precious resources of time and money to support the project.
Some sample projects that have successfully been completed by my students.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted student and teacher of the drums.