Level of Expectation

Good read, students! Remember that it’s not about how long you practice for, but what you accomplish.

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Here’s one of my least favorite phrases:

Good enough

What that means to me is that it’s not as good as could be, and that it’s okay to settle for less than an optimal result.  I’m not okay with either thought.

Level of expectation can be a difficult topic of discussion, as everyone is in a different place.  So I will try to be as clear as possible.  There are many times when I’ve witnessed players of all levels finish a performance and say something like:

…but that’s not how I play.”

Here’s the truth:

That is how you play.

If you’re unhappy with your level of performance, it’s likely that you should be unhappy with your preparation.

Too often, people dutifully spend time in the practice room hacking away until it’s time to be done for the day.  When a performance comes around, they think the mindless…

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2015 and Beyond

As with almost every new year, I’ve found that initial drive to ‘do more’ with many aspects of my life: career, relationships, finances, health, etc. Of course like most folks it lasts a month or two and then it’s business as usual.

In 2015 I have a new motivator: For the first time in many years I find myself completely financially supported by my performance and teaching. I like this, I like it a lot, and I’m determined to keep it that way. It’s driven me to establish a weekly routine of tasks having to do with my business and my professional growth.

So what you’ll see hear is more weekly (at the least!) posts, updates to my studio content, and continuing additions to my Resources pages. I’ll add information about local and regional auditions and performance opportunities, how to prepare a college audition, tips for instrument care, and much more.

Plus I’ll continue to blog here about what’s on my mind, what I’ve discovered recently, and what’s new in the world of performance and education.

Here’s to 2015 being happy and productive for all of us!

Minnesota Youth Symphonies mid-season auditions

Students and Parents,

I recently received word that Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS) is looking for trombonists to audition for their Repertory Orchestra for the 2nd and 3rd trimester of their 2014-15 season.

Audition Requirements

Auditions will be held before November 15.

I currently have one student in MYS, starting his second year. I encourage all my students to seek extracurricular performance opportunities whenever possible!

Another great local youth orchestra is the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS).

As always I am happy to help my students prepare for auditions!

Help me build interest in my home studio!

It’s back-to-school time and a great opportunity to start thinking about lessons for you or your child! You can find me now on Thumbtack, a web service designed specifically to help professionals connect with their community.

 

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What’s coming next

Hello dear readers, students, and parent/guardians!

I’ve been fairly inactive here as I went through  a busy spell of gigs and engagements and friends in town, but I do plan on keeping this space more active in the future.

In the immediate future I am looking forward to transferring all my website content from laurehusting.com to this WordPress format, and spicing up the look and flow of the studio page. A friend was kind enough to take some new headshots for me, so look forward to those!

Keep practicing!

For the Parents and Guardians

http://musicalresources.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/truth-about-piano-lessons.html?m=1

Give it a read, oh payers of the lesson fees, and understand.

(And replace “piano” with “trombone/baritone/euphonium/tuba” and “big black beast” with …I don’t know, “shiny brass beast”?)

Disclaimer: I don’t think any of my current students or parents feel that lessons are the be-all-end-all of their children’s musical education. We all know that practice is necessary to develop skill, and skill necessary to develop enjoyment and expression. I think the points about busy schedules and insisting that children “do everything” are valid. While I understand that we don’t want to place any limits on what our students can achieve, we should allow them some time to find their feet doing something they like.