Tuesday, December 26, 2023

M.O.D.E. - Knowing the Why

Why do we make music?  Why is becoming a better musician something that we desire?

By showing curiosity, and desiring the gift of music, students are already invested in the How when they seek out more information, sign up for online classes, and attend in-person workshops at week-long music camps.  Just about everyone at these camps is there to learn How to do something or How to do it better.

Pinpointing the Why will be different for everyone, and on multiple levels for some, but it's important to identify the core reason you've committed to learning music.  Once that's established, you'll have realistic expectations of your journey and more time to enjoy the fruits of your labor along the way.

There are no wrong answers, and it may be kinda complicated.  No mistaking, though, that music exists at the point where objectivity (science, fact) and subjectivity (emotion, creation) meet.  

I work with students individually on exploring, and identifying, their own Why at every step of the journey because the Why can change for many reasons and no reason at all.  Knowing Why provides a calming place of confidence amidst the challenges of the classroom environment.  The Why is your reminder when you don't want to practice anymore, and it's your motivation to continue when you feel compelled to drop back.

Expedition Dulcimer
is not just a retreat; it's a sanctuary for self-discovery and growth. I am committed to working closely with each student. Together, we will assess your musical journey, and I'll provide tailored suggestions to help you actualize your personal goals.

Looking forward to many future expeditions,


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