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.
Tony Jeary has some sage advice to improve our ROE, Return on Effort. His advice? Become a Master.
Tony outlines five areas; here is my summary:
How does this apply to a musician?
Focus on a worthy musical goal: Mine is playing creative music in the Toronto art scene as a drummer and pianist at the highest level I can achieve without derailing my teaching studio.
I have musical coaches I work with regularly weekly
I plan my schedule by the decade, year, quarter, weekly and daily. Really I do.
Step four? I'm working on it. :-)
I receive feedback from my coaches, my practice and performance recordings, and my friends.
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.