September is here! The start of a new school year always feels like a new beginning. That’s why this is the best time to sit down and make some musical goals for 2017-2018!
I use goal setting in my teaching every single week. We set goals when we practice, play and perform. We have weekly, monthly and yearly goals. When you set yourself up to achieve something, you are setting yourself up for success. Celebrate every single achievement along the way and students will feel proud, confident and excited to keep going. Think about what you want to do this year and write it all down. Shoot for the moon!
Here are some examples of goals I have made this year with my students:
Repertoire: Make a list of some of the songs you want to learn this year. Use them as a fun way to learn while staying motivated.
Composition: If you’ve written songs before, challenge yourself to tackle a bigger arrangement, or even a different genre. If you haven’t flexed your creative muscles in composition yet, then maybe this year is the time to dive in!
Performance: I love performances. Having students perform in front of an audience is an excellent way to get them to push for their maximum potential. A performance could be anything from a recital, competition, exam or even just playing for friends and family at home.
Recording: If you have access to a computer or a recording studio, then this is a great tool for learning. Students prepare their repertoire to a performance standard without the pressure and e=anxiety of being on stage. this allows them to hear themselves and also gives them something to look back on once they’ve progressed even further. hearing how you played last year or the year before can be a huge confidence booster. Show them how far they’ve come and push them towards how far they can go!
Technique: This is a very broad goal. You can take it from any angle you want. You can decide to work on control, speed, style, etc… Your approach will be different depending on the instrument you are studying. Really think about what you want to be able to do, and make a plan to get there.
Practice: Making daily, weekly or monthly practice goals will tie in to all of your other plans. The more you apply yourself, the more you can accomplish! Remember, dreams don’t work unless you do.
These are just some examples. There are many others and they can be as small as learning a measure of music, knowing your flashcards really well or even tackling those tricky ledger line notes once and for all! Don’t stop yourself from making a goal because it seems too small or too big. Put the emphasis on having fun and remember to celebrate every single goal that you master along the way.
Watch my weekly challenge #11 where I talk more about goal setting.
Here’s to an awesome 2017-2018 school year!