To do in 2013: DO!
Recently I was having a conversation with one of my good friends and professional colleague (note: We also walk together, which is a wonderful way to mix business, aesthetics, personal ranting, and exercise together at once!) about music, a common topic on our walks. We were noting our concern on a joint project we are working on which consists of creating 600 questions about music for an educational website. All the questions are true/false or multiple choice. I guess the kids who will go on this website might learn something about music, and that’s a good thing.
But both of us agree on this: the most effective way to learn about music is to DO music. And answering a question about whether the flute is a member of the string or woodwind family is not DOING music. It is something that increases your understanding about music, but what does it matter if you don’t have a chance to blow on a flute, or sing in a choir so that you actually experience music?
Looking back at our lives in music, both of us validate our assumption. I started singing in the choir at five or six and began recorder in early grade school, then flute, then oboe, then three degrees in music and a career where my focus is on ensuring that everyone is encouraged and welcomed to make music.
Adults – yes you can! We have lots of new beginners who are mature adults and finally have the opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction of music making. Just as I took the risk of beginning ballet this year, I have seen countless beginners of all ages transform through the experience of DOING the arts.
So make this part of your 2013 resolution: try something in music, dance, theater or art. It’s the actual experience of DOING the arts that helps us appreciate, respect, support and love the arts which is a lifechanger.
Happy New Year!