“Ultimately, your musical progress will depend more on your skillfulness with the creative process than on any talent.”
–The Musician’s Way, p. 313
When I teach introductory workshops on The Musician’s Way, I organize concepts using frameworks that musicians can flexibly apply.
Recently, I coined a two-verse poem that captures the essence of The Musician’s Way. In workshops, I use each line as a topic heading.
Here’s the poem followed by key concepts and links to related articles on this blog:
The Musician’s Way in Two Verses
Perform a lot
Build a career
Declutter your mind
Be strong yet kind
Stoke your health
Share the wealth
1. Practice Smart
Manage your time, materials, methods and attention to maximize efficiency and artistry.
2. Perform A Lot
Reinforce specific performance skills to build confidence and refine your style.
3. Gather Ideas
Collect ideas to advance your artistry and career – ideas for growing audiences, programming concerts, and more.
- 3 Traits of Successful Concert Programs
- Let’s Get Relevant
- Orchestras Contract, Opportunities Expand
4. Build a Career
Explore career possibilities, and then pursue multiple channels to expand your professional know-how and options.
- 7 Career-Building Strategies for Musicians
- Becoming a ‘Go-To’ Musician
- The Secret to Sustainable Music Careers
5. Declutter Your Mind
Cultivate habits of mind that allow you to focus readily, work joyfully, and create abundantly.
6. Be Strong yet Kind
Grow your resiliency and toughness while being easy to work with, supportive of others, and a sought-after collaborator.
7. Stoke Your Health
Attend to your physical and mental health, learn about injury prevention, and seek expert help when needed.
8. Share the Wealth
Perform widely, teach generously, inspire others, and bring music to people who don’t have easy access.
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The Musician’s Way is the most complete guide ever created for aspiring musicians. Read reviews.
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