The week before last, I had one of the worst lessons I’ve ever had! It was my own fault, since I was completely unprepared. And not to say that under-preparedness hasn’t happened before, but I think I’ve just gotten away with it, or maybe it’s gone unnoticed. It has taken me a few weeks to re-adjust and realize I have to be practicing as if for a performance in order to be fully prepared for lessons. This realization isn’t that profound, but I want to write it out so we can see it in words.
To have a good lesson, we have to practice as if we are preparing for a performance.
Maybe it’s because I’m a senior, which means the real world is looming large in my path. Or maybe it’s because I work at the music library, which means I watch musicians interact with music in a nontraditional way every day, but something about options has me excited! Options that go beyond the practice room. Options that turn from casual opportunities to real-life jobs. There are endless combinations of them. Don’t take my word for it. Just sign up for “Ensemble Entrepreneurship” and you’ll see what I mean. The ways we as vastly complicated individuals, with interests that span as diversely as Pokemon and catalytic converters, can interface with music are endless.