LIVE in THE SPOTLIGHT
- How to practice: exploring strategies and tactics in an aging body through book reviews, interviews, personal anecdotes, with the goal of staying happy, healthy and focused.
- Attitude: what it is a good attitude, how does helps us to learn and persevere, which daily tactics help us to acquire or keep a good one, what to do if yours needs a tune up?
- Metacognition: what it is, what it can teach us about learning, resources for study, conferences, and in practice.
- Intrinsic motivation: what it is, how it helps us to learn and persevere as we age, how to help those we mentor with theirs.
I'm back from another week at the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop in Louisville Kentucky. My 5th visit.
For a music educator specialising in adult students, it is informative for the following reasons.
My attitude is now adjusted for another year.
To be grateful for a career well played is one of the consolations of aging. A good project for a rainy day is to list all the memorable moments of your playing career. The good, bad, and ugly. Follow up by searching and contacting some of the survivors.
Possibilities include former musicians, band leaders, agents, club owners, and fans. Tell them you were thinking of them. Retell the stories together. If they live close share coffee and swap impressions. It's worth it. They'll love it, You'll love it too, I promise. Everyone loves to be remembered.
Your career may not have soared to the level of the Funk Brothers, but I bet they are just as colourful.
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th 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.