Habits are better than goals
Goals give direction and focus to our efforts. Habits will get you there.
Habit: hab·it ˈhabət/
noun: habit; plural noun: habits
1. a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
There are a lot of myths on learning music. "I'm too old, I'm too young, I'm too this I'm too that"
Some of my finest students are in their 70's. Gary is swinging hard playing jazz, he is off to Jazz camp this summer with his cousin. Eleanor is arranging and composing up a storm exploring Scottish Folk Songs of her youth. She has learned to score her music, create a website, and post it all on the web.
What do they all have in common? Good practice habits.
Habit #1: When they practice, they practice thoughtfully and deliberately. No wondering around the piano. They are focused and expect to accomplish something that day.
Habit #2: They listen to music, they go to concerts, they are involved in music.
Habit #3: They seek feedback from the teacher. They work on their own, they know what they want, they understand that music classes are just one aspect of the journey. Personal exploration is the main focus.
If you'd like classes give me a call, I'm all booked up now, but I'm organizing for July and September now.
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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.