5 New Year’s Resolutions to Take Your Music to the Next Level

by | Dec 18, 2018 | Cool Finds

Look, we get it. It’s not that you don’t want to get some practicing in each day. It’s that you have a billion other responsibilities that take precedence. In the new year, make practicing your instrument or your singing one of your priorities. If you don’t, life will just happen. Consider practicing at the same time each day so it’s routine.

1.

Try Something New

If you’ve never touched an instrument but have always wanted to be able to play the piano, it’s never too late to start. I’ve worked with students who began piano lessons in their 80’s and even got pretty good!

If you’ve been a musician for years, consider picking up a new skill! If you’re a singer, think about learning to accompany yourself on an instrument or maybe trying out a different genre that’s out of your comfort zone. If you’re a guitarist insecure about your voice, think about starting to sing along with your music.

2.

Perform

Whether it’s your class’s talent show, your music school’s recital, an open mic, or a Broadway audition, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone. Even if you’re not 100% confident in your musical ability yet, there’s no way to learn to perform besides just getting out and doing it. I promise, no matter how terrified you are, there is no serious danger to your health.

3.

Practice at Least a Little Each Day

Look, we get it. It’s not that you don’t want to get some practicing in each day. It’s that you have a billion other responsibilities that take precedence. In the new year, make practicing your instrument or your singing one of your priorities. If you don’t, life will just happen. Consider practicing at the same time each day so it’s routine.

4.

Collaborate

Music is more fun when it’s together, and there’s so much to be gained by making music with others. You’re more accountable to other people for maintaining the right rhythm, staying on your notes, and just knowing your stuff and showing up. If you’re new at it, think about joining a group class somewhere. If you’re more experienced, think about starting a duo or band, or collaborate with people to put on a performance with. If musical theater is your thing, go find a musical to be a part of, and if you want to do choral, there are lots of choirs to join.

5.

Be Kind to Yourself

This might be the most important one. For some people, the early stages of playing an instrument can come easy. To others, not so much. In the long run though, when you get to an advanced level, everything is both challenging and rewarding no matter how it was when you began. Don’t give up. Think of learning music as a long game and not a quick fix. You’ll definitely reach points where you hit a wall or think you’re the worst one in the room. But I promise, if you keep at it, you’ll get over that hump, and it’ll be worth it.

Happy New Year!

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