Bounce: Adding to my Piano Pedagogy

I am over a quarter of the way through this book and it is already influencing my own development as a musician and flooding me with ideas for my piano pedagogy. Thanks to my friend Rob for the recommendation!

One of the music professors at my college (who I admire greatly) referenced this book in conversation before and his reference stuck with me. He said: genius is simply 10,000 hours of quality practice. Even for Mozart this is true. (So as a musician, I aim to blow minds when I’m about 35-40 years old. I guess I can live with that :))

So far I’ve been impressed with the way Syed unveils his claims for the average reader. I highly recommend this book! And it applies to the pursuit of all disciplines!

Finding Your Art

Oh wow. I am not a crier, but this short film (20 min. approx.) actually got me. I’d like to thank my musical friend Antonio for the recommendation.

WATCH: The Butterfly Circus

Takeaways:

  1. ¬†Find your art in beauty – do not sell or create something that exploits or degrades! We – all of us – are creative beings who can impress with the feats of our mind/soul/bodies. Even while you’re expressing your torment [such as this or this] do it with excellence and expect applause. And never ever ever ever ever EVER say that you cannot be an artist or a musician. You have a creative capacity and a voice to inspire others.
  2. QUOTE: “The greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph.” ENOUGH SAID.