My piano study and voice study has been increasingly ramping up and at my last lesson, we discussed how Olympic and professional level athletes train. Which is why it has been so long since my last post! Between being a new-ish Momprenuer ( I am now completely self-employed!), wife and CEO of our home and life and Mommy to an almost first grader (where is the time going???). Life is truly busy from the moment I get up, to the moment I fall back into bed.
So, of course, why not add to my list?! LOL! I mean, come on! Life is to be lived and I intend on living EVERY moment to the fullest!
I had a great gig, the night before my lesson and even though it went really well, I asked myself as I was driving home with my sweet Little Man sleeping in the back, “what would it be like to be TRULY amazing?” You know the kind of amazing that makes people stop in their tracks. The kind of amazing that could elicit words like “chills” and dare – I – say – it “genius”. So, I asked my teacher. My Julliard trained, Broadway veteran, composer and arranger BEYOND talented teacher…gulp. So, of course, he told me…in no uncertain terms…what to do. We came up with a practice schedule of piano study and voice study to commence when the Little Man goes back to school and will last until Christmas. Phase 1. GULP…
So, the next few weeks will be “get ready” mode! We will be getting the Little Man ready to start first grade, buying school supplies and school uniforms. I will be preparing and organizing my music and books and apps so that I can just run through each drill for piano or voice in a succinct way so that they build upon each other and maximize my time and effort. This new level of expertise work is requiring a lot of time and money and it must be well spent on both sides.
My students are already feeling the effects of this as their work and exercises have been increasingly up leveled. What’s fun is that not only do they notice, but they like it!! By sharing what I am learning with my students, it feels like the best kind of payback a teacher could possibly give.
So on that ♫note♫ I hope you are enjoying a fabulous summer! After teaching a couple of lessons this morning I am off to my second lesson of the week. And, I promise to write more and share more music with you. I am going to get back on my Song Saturday posts, too. If you want to request a song, just drop me a line! I have a short list going now and I’m happy to add your song to it! I leave you with a picture and quote one of my BFF’s sent me the other day. I just love it, don’t you?!
“The happiest genius will hardly succeed by nature and instinct alone in rising to the sublime. Art is art; he who has not thought it out has no right to call himself an artist. Here all groping in the dark is vain; before a man can produce anything great, he must understand the means by which he is to produce it.” Goethe