A great post popped up on my Facebook newsfeed this morning courtesy of the Regional Orchestra Player's Association. I found myself dying to share this with...well...everyone. I've long been a proponent of music study as a tool for life. Conquering the intricacies of instrumental performance involves habits (whether innate or "developed") of patience, persistence, and understanding that the end result is coming but will come in time ("delayed gratification").
In a nutshell, this article by Anthony Mazzocchi itemizes three concepts that parents must understand and be able to impart to their children:
- The concept that we must embrace failure as part of the process because we will become better because of these failures.
- The concept that hard work is more important than talent in the long run, because talent without the work will not suffice.
- The concept of making instrumental study a "long-term" (more than one year) commitment, and why.
To read the whole article, (and I really hope you will!) please click here.
In my teaching endeavors at the University level, I am finding that the discussion, adaptation of and/or implementation of these concepts are lacking in many matriculated students. My biggest task each semester is often to impart the life skills of planning, persevering, accepting failure as a set-back only, and long-term commitment to my students. For with this understanding, we shall open our paths to success.
Please read and comment below with your thoughts. :)