Back to SchoolAugust 21, 2012
It’s that time of year again. This is the beginning of my tenth year at Indiana University. It’s a great place to work, being surrounded by energetic students and devoted faculty.
I’ve had a terrific summer. Among the highlights are soloing with the IU Summer Concert Band, playing with Michael Feinstein and the Cincinnati Pops, performing a few weeks including July 4 with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, teaching at the IU Summer Music Clinic, and of course teaching and performing at Birch Creek.
Now that the school year is underway, it’s time to make a plan for what to accomplish this year. There are probably a lot of demands on your time during the school year. That’s precisely why it’s so important to have an idea of what you want to do. Among the many built in activities such as band, orchestra, jazz band, classes, lessons, friends, and other very important ways that people spend time, like watching basketball (necessary), football (enjoyable), and Fringe (a show you should be watching), it can be easy to lose focus.
Here’s what I want you to do:
- Make a list of your biggest technical weaknesses.
- Make a list of music you want to learn.
Put these lists somewhere you see them every day.
If you really work addressing both lists, at the beginning of next semester you should be able to make two new lists. If you’d like, please leave your lists in the comment section, and we’ll come back in January and see what the new lists look like then.
Okay, get to work.