Protecting Your Practice Time
On Sunday January 18 we had a lovely student recital at Port Nelson United Church. The kids played well, the piano was in tune, and the concert lasted just the right amount of time. A success.
Our next concert will be the annual duet concert. A heap of family fun. Parents and kids performing together!
I was reflecting on the joy that was on display. The students who played wanted to play; they were a happy group of keeners.
A good part of their success is a result of their preparations. They had practiced, they were ready, and they knew it.
I was told, "piano is fun if you practice, drudgery if you don't?' So protect your practice time, it is the source of your musical joy.
Motivation out, Inspiration in
I can’t motivate anyone. But I can inspire! Motivation is the idea I can make someone like something they don’t. I can’t.
Inspiration on the other hand is the heart of education. An inspired learner is the joy of our profession.
As a drum student I watch YouTube video lessons each day. I read books and magazines on drumming. I play with others who play at my level, I practice, I take lessons, I have goals. You get the picture.
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 percussionist and drum teacher.