Music is a sometimes elusive, but infinitely fascinating subject that has the power to frustrate and reward every aspect of our human nature. Music study challenges us to tap into and develop all of our sensory, perceptual, conceptual, intellectual, intuitive, kinesthetic, creative, interpretive, reflective, experiential, emotional, receptive, spiritual, and expressive resources. The deep enjoyment and satisfaction that comes from stepping up to meet these challenges is part of the allure of being a musician.
Excellence is a process, not a destination. No matter how accomplished you are, there will always be another challenge to frustrate you now and delight you later. Living by embracing new horizons is always a joyous adventure. Such a musical journey is an ever-expanding sphere of healthy attitudes, meaningful ideas, practical skills, and honorable goals — earning you privileged access to higher and higher states of being and meaningful ways of experiencing this mysterious and fabulous universe. Lived as such, life cannot help but be more exciting, fun, and rewarding than you ever imagined.
Mastery does not grow by using the brute force of your brain and muscles. Mastery grows from having the right attitudes and practicing the right habits. Mastery grows by being curious, by studying the right things the right way, by being receptive to new ideas, and by making connections to things you already know. Most important, mastery grows by refusing to give up when you feel stuck or when things seem impossible.
Mastery is not something you carry with you like a diploma. Mastery become an enduring and expanding aspect of who you are. Along the way, you will begin to experience those magical moments when your true self spontaneously taps into your deep understanding and artistic sensibility and performs without thinking.
Mastery is a road paved with two rare virtues: honesty and discipline… HONESTY about one’s weaknesses and the DISCIPLINE to work relentlessly in order to turn those weaknesses into strengths. As such mastering the piano the piano is more about mastering “the self”… a self with its baggage of ignorance, denial, laziness, doubts, insecurities, preconceptions, self-consciousness, and fear.
Congratulations! If you’ve read this far, you’ve already passed the audition! It shows that you have what it takes: the love of music… and the uncommon sensitivity, intellect, passion, discipline, and courage to make it a meaningful part of your life. Enough said. It’s time to proceed to the Course Outline and get busy. Enjoy the process! : )