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.
If the bad attitude is coming from outside yourself and you are not the cause of it, plan your exit, life is short.
What if you've got the bad attitude? Good question. Time for reflection, planning, and execution. Life is passing by, time is irretrievable.
Bad attitudes can develop for any number of reasons.
My top ten list of activities to fix a bad attitude:
Staying in the game,
I will let smarter cookies than me figure this one out.
After I get enough sleep, exercise, practice, work, hang with my wife, attend to personal care there isn't much time left. My main personal care goal this year is not to get eaten alive by my teaching business. Toronto is a huge market, there is great demand for service. How to say no gracefully is a real challenge.
A piano teacher has to maintain and grow artistically over the course of their career. Or, you will soon no longer be in the game. Standards in the small town I used to live in where not so high. Here? They're high and the sky is the limit. So, I will meditate on this problem: grow artistically and stay healthy and happy.
What to do when it hurts to play?
What not to do?
Problems dealt with promptly always have a better chance for resolution.
Friday I visit a jazz piano coach. My first jazz piano lesson since college. I'm excited.
What do I want from a jazz piano coach?
I'll post a follow-up next week.
Woebot has got me on the following regime for 30 days.
I've been at it for a few weeks. I'm 95% compliant. How do I feel?
Like Friggin' Superman.
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.