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- 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.
Every few years I need to rethink, reconsider, regroup, refocus my activities. After 2 years in my new home of Toronto, the time is now to do just those things.
When I first moved here my professional goal was to successfully establish my teaching studio. Secondly, find folks to play with and make beautiful music. Done.
Now it's time to move the studio to the next level by increasing the value of my work for my students.
Plus my regular day gig. How do I feel? Freaking beat. And, a bit sore in the upper back. Time for rest, stretching, and some heat. I think I over did it.
“Stress demands rest, and rest supports stress.”
― Brad Stulberg, Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
Sometimes the best strategy is to fix bayonets and charge the hill. Really. Guaranteed to catch everyone off guard. And, it might work.
Step one: Make a goal, write it down, etc. You know the drill. Think you are too old. BS, I almost 60 and nobody and I mean nobody said to me, "what are you doing here?"
Step two: Prepare
Step Three: Get out there
I'm now jamming and playing shows on drums in my new home of Toronto. Nearly everyone I play with is younger than me, sometimes a lot younger. (25 years old and up!) Some are older too.
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.