"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily Life, 69

Learning music often includes learning how to perform.

That happens to be a statement which carries a burden of political weight in our district at the moment, but regardless of the context, we often find ourselves teaching students how to deal with performance anxiety.

Here's a phrase that might prove helpful:   "Fear is energy mangled and a powerful motivator, so I just turn it into something positive."  (Sloane Berrent, quoted in Guillebeau's new book, The Art of Non-Conformity, p. 46)

The concept of  "the jitters"  being a form of energy that can be used to improve both the enjoyment and quality of performance is not a new one.   I simply liked the straight-forward way Berrent phrases it.

See you tomorrow.


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