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Monday Motivation: The Easy Way Down 

The Easy Way Down - Seth Godin

Ski slopes are marked by difficulty. The green circle indicates the easiest slope, the one that will get you to the base of the hill the fastest, with the least amount of risk or drama. 

Why would anyone choose to ski down on the difficult black diamond run instead? 

Most passionate skiers would ask the question differently: why wouldn’t you? 

The point of skiing isn’t to get to the bottom. The point is how it feels on your way there. 

I’m wondering why this insight is so hard for us to embrace when it comes to learning or personal engagement or art or the work we do each day? 

There are speed bumps along the way, opportunities unevenly distributed, and unforeseen problems. But none of them get better when we decide to always seek the easy way to the end.

Monday Motivation: Natural Technique Doesn’t Exist  

Monday Motivation: 

A great insight from Seth Godin: Natural Technique Doesn’t Exist 

It’s amazing how much we can get done simply by trying. Whether it’s writing or singing, playing an instrument or sales, when we show up and do our best, we can make things happen. But then, our internal horsepower becomes insufficient. As we seek to make a bigger impact, we discover that powering our way through obstacles is simply too difficult. 

And so we need to learn technique. 

Technique is the unnatural approach to a problem that, with practice, becomes second-nature. Technique is the non-obvious solution that amateurs and hard-working beginners rarely stumble upon on their own. 

The commitment to a practice opens the door to finding a more useful technique. 

You got this far because your natural approach was helpful. But to get to the next level, you’ll need technique, which, by definition, isn’t something you come by on your own. 

If there are people who are playing at a different level than you who are embracing an approach that feels unnatural to you, you may have found the technique that you’ve been missing.

You Have Brilliance in You 

Midweek Inspiration: Never think that what you have to offer is insignificant.

There will always be someone out there who needs what only you have to give because you have brilliance in you. Your contribution is valuable, and with it, the world you create is precious. This is how we experience life’s most profound joy: true fulfillment; through the power of passionate, sincere, and selfless contribution.

 

Twenty One Life-long Benefits of Learning Music (infographic) 

Twenty One Life-long Benefits of Learning Music

For some, music is a hobby. For others, it goes beyond the profession and is a lifestyle. In all cases the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience gathered along the way shapes the way a music-maker sees and interacts with the world.

Learning and making music is also a lot of fun!

The benefits of learning a musical instrument are numerous. These range from improved social interaction skills and increased empathy to refined time, money and people management skills. The causes of these improvements lie in stimulated brain functioning, both in zones associated with emotions and mental capabilities, but also in the interaction with music teachers, instrument sellers, and other musicians. 

If you haven’t picked up an instrument or tried singing yet, you might want to consider starting out, even just as a hobby.

50 Students! 

I am so excited to share that we've just enrolled our 50th student at Pickering Performing Arts & Entertainment! 


Here's a little trivia: 


· My closest students live across the street from my home studio 


· My most distant students live in Anchorage, Alaska 


· I have an equal number of piano vs. voice students, plus a growing number of music production students 


· My youngest student just turned 4 years old 


· My oldest student is a great grandfather 


· I love helping make dreams come true

You should have seen her smile!  

You Should Have Seen Her Smile!

I have a piano student who is on the spectrum. She loves video game music.

All of my students get to choose the songs that they want to learn to play, sing, produce, etc.

This student selected a song on Youtube called "Painting Room" for which there is no sheet music. She has a wonderful ear!

I've spent a number of weeks guiding her in listening to and then transcribing and recording the song.

We finished this project today! You should have seen her smile!

She is amazing and I am so incredibly proud of all she has done! Check out her transcription below and be sure to listen to her recording! Link at the bottom of this post.