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Our health may not be the most invigorating topic, and you might be as tired as I am of hearing about diets and exercise and obesity and... As always, clichés are born from grains of truth, no matter how much we don't want them to be.
The way you play or sing, your posture, your sound quality, your sight-reading ability, your smile when you perform... Whatever you identify, pick one that makes your heart leap a little bit... that one thing you do in which you find joy, or that makes you smile when you think of it.
It remains by far the most thrilling part of my job as a conductor - seeing an ensemble accomplish far more than they thought possible, not because they were copying anyone else, but because they found their own way, individually AND collectively, to be better musicians.
Our teachers have their own interests, and many times if we like that teacher or that had a strong impact on us, then we follow just what we have experienced from that perspective. Exposing our students to multiple styles and genres of music is a rare thing among music teachers.
There might be truth in the Ali Krieger's approach "there's always room for improvement." The Corporate world is very fond of that phrase. I was always told someone else was doing it better, succeeding better, accomplishing more.
Usually we box things into what we like and don't like. We add opinion and judgment to a situation in order to remember it. Most of the time, we use negative responses to create labels under the mistaken belief that doing so helps us avoid unwanted situations in the future.
Letting go of the worry over whether or not you know enough about a specific element of music will help eliminate the madness that can come from constantly being frustrated and feeling behind the 8 ball.