In truth, I can’t say that I have ever heard a piece of music played flawlessly, exactly as it was written, without even the tiniest of error. However, I have heard many perfect performances. The music was played exactly as intended. I was overwhelmingly absorbed in the music. Any technical errors made were utterly and […]
You have heard it said, “practice makes perfect”. It’s a saying that holds a lot of weight and engages our compelling, yet ultimately insatiable desire to be perfect. More simply put: we want to be perfect, so we practice. However, there are two dangerous myths lurking within this statement that consistently hold us back. Time […]
The following is one of my favorite videos from TED of all time. Benjamin Zander, renowned conductor of the Boston Philharmonic, speaks on passion in music. I especially love how he describes the intricacy of music and his explanation of musical impulses.
Photo by nosha on Flickr. When I began teaching, I taught music lessons without any sort of method for evaluating how my students were doing. I always wanted my students to enjoy music lessons as the “fun” extra-curricular activity that it had always been for me (and I still want that for you, by the […]