Dreams as they become reality are never quite how we envision them. In fact, they can be better.
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of performing in Carnegie Hall as a soloist with a top-notch orchestra. For as long as I can remember, I have had a hearing disability. While I was aware of my hearing loss throughout my musical journey, it did not stop me from pursuing my love of music.
For over 20 years, I only knew of only one avenue of expressing and sharing my passion for music, and that was through performing. As I devoted more time to teaching violin and piano in my 20s, I found that teaching enabled me to share that passion for music in a completely different way.
A slow and steady approach allows enough time for the instrumentalist to be as aware as possible to what is happening/coming up in the music and how their fingers/arms/body must work cohesively to create the sounds that they listening to in their playing. The process of practicing should be methodical, deliberate, and efficient as possible.
This awareness requires a very high degree of multitasking. All of this is essentially, problem solving. Performing gets to showcase the result of this level of discipline, while teaching gets to cultivate and nurture that discipline.
Process- Full of intent, thoughtful and concentrated work ethic
Repetition- As many CORRECT times as it takes
Approach- Mentally focused, enabling better awareness, less “auto-pilot”
Consistency- Consistent in process & approach will equal consistent results/success
Triumph- Acknowledging success, understanding the process to that success.
Integrity- Constantly elevating the standard by which you judge your playing.
Concentration- Always evolving the level of discipline in to the task/action
Efficiency- Reflecting on approach, process and repetition to find the optimal balance for results