The idea of an accountability partner has been around for some time. They help us stay committed.
The combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation has been shown to work best in staying in any long-term project. That means of course that the musician is internally driven to succeed and see’s a coach/teacher/mentor regularly to stay honest and accountable.
I have a drum coach: Enrique Loyola, he helps me work on the concepts introduced by my mentor Terry Clarke. I never want to let Terry down.
I now have an accountability partner: Marc, a NYC musician I met last summer. We email each other our weekly practice numbers. It’s working like a charm. Last week 9.75 hours up from 8.5 hours the week before for me. He did over 20. Yikes. Some others I know are up there too. My goal is 10 hours per week on the drum kit.
I now carefully watch my schedule for any open time. Every little bit counts and easily adds an hour or two a week to the total. In these micro slots, I focus on a single thing. It’s all very satisfying.
Now today is a snow day here in Toronto offering me an unexpected two hour slot. Off to practice.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 5th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.