1. Take Up an Instrument
First thing’s first. You can’t have music lesson New Year’s resolutions without taking up music lessons. If you’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar, or make use of that piano that’s been sitting in the living room for most of your life, or sing a song with confidence, there’s no time like 2016! If you’re specifically interested in learning guitar, here’s a great article for helping you learn guitar in the New Year!
2. Practice a Little Every Day
We know, we know. Life is busy. Something important will always come up that gets in the way of learning music. If this sounds like you, don’t think of it as settling in for a long practice session. Think of it as taking 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or whatever you can realistically spare, and playing through some songs. Everyone has 5 minutes. Chances are, you’ll start to get so into it that you’ll put in more time without even realizing it.
3. Be More Playful
Little stands in the way of getting really good at music like fearing every note that comes out of your mouth or your fingers. Mechanical practicing might get you part of the way to musicianship, but the only way to get the rest of the way there is to lighten up a little bit and allow yourself to be playful. How else can you discover everything you’re capable of?
4. Share Your Music
It doesn’t have to be for a huge audience. Whether your performance is for an audience at Carnegie Hall or for an audience made up of your boyfriend and your cat, what’s important is that you’re sharing your music with others. Music is deeply personal, but it’s also a social activity. So participate in a recital, audition for a musical, or simply play the guitar one evening while your family sings along.
5. Try Something New
Always wanted to write songs? Take a songwriting course! Only comfortable singing Taylor Swift songs? Why not branch out and try a Broadway show tune or a classical art song and see if you discover that you love something new? Only ever played acoustic guitar? Maybe it’s time to give electric a whirl. It doesn’t really matter what it is, but it’s important to get out of your comfort zone once in a while.