Today’s episode dovetails nicely with our previous podcast about battling burnout because it’s about rejuvenating and inspiring ourselves by working to improve our own musicality.
My guest is Christopher Sutton, the founder of Musical U, an online resource for learning musical skills like ear training, jamming, and – if you’re like me – getting your eyes off the music and just playing.
As music educators, once we complete college and land our first job, it often seems like our lives become all about triage, right? We grease the squeaky wheels, we put out the fires, we swim like crazy just to survive. But when we finally get the routines down, and we find our flow, it’s important to remember that we should never stop learning and developing as musicians.
And that’s what today’s discussion is all about.
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Everyone doesn’t have to possess the same musical skills
You don’t have to master every skill. Everyone is different. It’s fine to have priorities.
Make sure you’re doing what’s right for you
Think about your end goals and make sure you choose a training plan that’s a good fit for your priorities.
Learning musical skills that aren’t directly applicable to your work can be incredibly beneficial
You may find, for example, that exploring improvisation can produce unexpected benefits when playing written music. It’s as if it’s all mysteriously connected…
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