· Desire: Madame Boulanger believed that desire is the starting point.
· Allocating time to learn: Madame Boulanger also knew that the right amount of work was required. This isn’t easy.
· Creating goals that are congruent with the time available: Brian Tracy believes this is the starting point of all achievement.
· Learning how to practice: the key to joy. Happy students realizes that practicing is the point. See my colleague Chris Foley for more ideas.
· Seeking mentors and fellow travelers: Champions seek feedback. Also, sharing the journey with others on the same path gives encouragement and enlarges our perspective.
· Keeping the emotional fire smouldering through concert attendance, reading books, blogs, E articles, YouTube exploration and magazines on adult music education
· Realize that over time you will reach your goals because you learned to practice, allocated resources, made the time, stoked the fire, and kept the faith.
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.