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PERSISTENCE – PERFECTION
If music teachers were asked what they hear most often when a student plays less than "well," it is "I could do it at home, I don't know why I can't do it now." <Insert pouty-face here>
This is no mere excuse. Excuses come more in the form of "I can't do it; it's too hard; I didn't have time…" And that last one always causes me to roar with laughter, which tends to frighten the children, but if they think I'm that stupid, they deserve to be frightened. I then reel-off the schedules of the students who have made all-region, area and all-state, some will keeping a 4.0 GPA and working a part-time job, have a Black Belt, serve in their church, etc. etc.
The frustrated student who "got it right" at home (how many times? how many attempts were not right?) hasn't comprehended the "consistency" factor, or "persistent and unavoidable perfection."
Yes, I know, I know! OY! We've told them for years how to make it "perfect" every time and under every circumstance (I do, so I assume other teachers do, too.), but they really don't believe us. xBox and Wii are easy, playing an instrument must be just as easy, right?
Right. Now pull out the rest of those baby teeth and leave them under your pillow.
We're going to explore "persistent and unavoidable perfection" over the next several weeks. Stay tuned.
It's been about 12 hours now, and I am genuinely irritated. Do you realize how many times I've said the same words to each student, each week or each day, over and over and over, and nothing changes?!?
I've taught the SAME LESSON over and over, never getting to explore new territory with students because you must master one level before moving to the next. Key Words: YOU. MASTER. Not "my teacher tells me and I listen but don't make anything change, I just hope I can do better."
Hope and change. How's that workin' out for ya?
And what is it you have to master? Nope, that's not it.
It's "you." The horn remains the same. It's you that changes. Did you notice what navigation tab you're under? "Training." What athletes do. Well, those that win do. And they do it daily. Research anyone who has achieved something great. You will find they worked at it every day, usually for hours and hours. Obsessively. Daily. Moving to higher levels of accomplishment and deeper levels of understanding.
The factors in "success" come down to concepts that are not new: