"Find an environment that supports your goals"
A great privilege is to be born in an environment that supports our dreams and aspirations. An environment that presents us with role models worthy of emulation. And a situation rich in love, time, and resources both financial and educational.
When parents ask me, "how can I inspire my child to practice?". Or, an adult says, "I'm losing enthusiasm". I say let's think about these things first.
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.