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New Year, New Goals

New Year: New Goals

 

Another new year! I can honestly say I don’t know where the last one went! A whirlwind of jam making, toddler wrangling and teaching. 2018 was a great teaching year – the Improvisation Course was great fun and there’s more workshops scheduled for later in the year, but the first one will be on the 26th January.

 

Despite the cold, damp and dark nights I do like the start of a new year. Although like most I often fail to complete everything on my goals for the year list, but I do like having a good list and being able to cross items off. I find it gives me more focus and helps my creativity.

 

So the focus for this year is:

 

1. Grade 8 Piano: Although I’ve been saying this since 2005 and always avoid it due to the scales and early pieces option, I’m going to aim for the VCM Contemporary Piano Syllabus!

 

2. Grade 3 Cello: Time to dust the cello off again and get back into the string world

 

3. Practise Sax: It’s time to get sax serious again and start working towards my performance diploma

 

4. Teaching Diploma: Probably not something to complete this year but I could certainly get the essay written.

 

What’s your goals for this year?

 

New Year (Practise) Resolutions

 

Well it’s official we’re definitely into a new year! I don’t know about you but I enjoy the start of the new year to plan where I’d like to be at the end of it (those who know me well enough should know by now that I loooooooove a good list). Most people I know write resolutions of things like – get thinner, eat better, exercise more, join a gym… but quite a lot do let these resolutions slide.

I’d a bit believer that if you write it on a list – it will get done! There’s a great statistic that 90% of people will do 90% of a list!

So it’s January – write your list! If you want to eat better and feel better about yourself do it – but be specific. Join a gym isn’t a list item.

1. Sign up to the gym by 5th January

2. Go three times a week

3. Sign up for swimming lessons… they’re list items!

And you can do the same for practising, performing and anything else you want in your musical 2018 year.

Think specifics… is there one area that you know you need to work on…. Is it scales(!), is it breathing and breath control, is it sight reading, is it LH note reading, is it co-ordination, is it your dynamic range, is it intonation on the highest/lowest register. Have a think…. There is always something that we can work on and improve and progress as musicians.

You might also want to set yourself a musical challenge – maybe its finish your tuition book, do a grade, tackle a really difficult piece, perform in front of your family, learn to improvise, join an orchestra.... Again – let your head and your heart lead you! You’re only limited by your imagination!

I do get my students of all ages and abilities to have a think at the start of every term where they’d like to progress to. And at the start of the year it’s an even better time to focus on what you want.

 

Here’s my music goals for 2018:

 

1. Spend more time practising on the piano (three times a week)

2. Complete grade 3 cello exam by December

3. Go for teaching / performing diploma exam in the Summer

4. Compose something new every week

 

Whatever you do – have fun achieving it! Merry 2018 to everyone!!!