I know this is corny, but I’m going to miss you and making music together! These are uncharted waters, but we will get through it. In the meantime, you want to make sure you are still making progress toward becoming the ultimate YOU. Try to enjoy this very weird Spring Break but starting next week, set some goals and create a routine to keep you moving forward! OK, so I’m the music teacher so I’ll start there. Practice that instrument regularly. All the studies show that music study is one of the very best things you can do to exercise that brain of yours. Real practice lights up more portions of that gray thing in your head than almost anything! If you are taking lessons and you can keep them going, great-do it! If you don’t, order a book or two and get to work. I’m happy to make suggestions-just shoot me an email. There are also so many great instructional videos for your instrument on Youtube….dig in. While you are at it, listen to some great music-classical (find out why everyone makes such a fuss about Beethoven), world music (that is my way of travelling around the world from home) and listen to other people playing your instrument at a very high level. The more you work on your music, the more you will love it!
But also think about what other things you can do to keep up and surpass where you would be if classes were in session. If classes go online-keep up, connect with your teachers, push yourself. So much of your success will come down to your commitment. Many folks will see this as just an extended vacation. Their screen time will go off the charts, their gaming skills will improve…and they will be so bored….and they will fall behind where they need to be to reach their short and long term goals. There will be plenty of time for a reasonable amount of recreation and absolutely enjoy that but keep your eye on the prize-a successful YOU! Do some reading…that you pick. What is a subject you are fascinated by…a biography, history, art, science, music (again, happy to give you some suggestions on some fascinating and fun reads)? It is amazing what a good book can do for you. My daughter still says that if she has a daughter, she will name her Abigail because Abigail Adams (wife of President John Adams) is one of her biggest heroes. This because she read one then a number of biographies about that amazing woman when she was in high school. It wasn’t an assignment-it was her curiosity. Once, I was walking through Barnes and Noble and saw a little history of mathematics that was out on a table. I bought it for my son who at the time was in his first year as a working engineer. He called me two days later to say he couldn’t put the book down, had finished in record time and loved it. It gave him so much perspective on what he just knew as equations. OK, math isn’t my thing, but it is his (along with every sport imaginable) and he loved that little book! There are books out there that will ignite your imagination and passion, too. This is a good time to find one or two!
Be active! We are supposed to practice social distancing. That doesn’t mean staying inside. Get out and walk, run, mow the lawn here in a couple weeks for that older couple in your neighborhood (want to feel good-do an act of kindness!). Yes, get some exercise-you don’t need a gym or coach. Do some pushups, sit-ups or pullups and a couple more tomorrow, heck, dance in your room (no, I don’t do that so erase that picture from you mind), take the stuff hanging from that old piece of exercise equipment in your basement and see if it still works.
Just try to come up with a plan to come out of all this improved, not stalled. The challenge, but also the beauty of this, is that now you get to develop much of your own curriculum for getting you where YOU want to be. Go for it!
I do so look forward to getting us all back together and making music but, until then, I will be practicing, exercising, reading, doing what Shari and The District tells me and looking for ways to help others. If I can do anything to help YOU, please reach out. While I don’t know when I will be back at work, Shari, who works in the health care field, is working harder than she ever has because of this virus. Three cheers for our health care folk! Follow the recommendation-help them get this thing under control!
Hey, I know there are a lot of questions from how are we going to pick drum majors to what do I do if my instrument is still at South and everything in between. I will be posting info as it is figured out or becomes available.