Self-Management

This is the first of a series of blog posts geared for college double bass students.  I hope these posts are helpful and lead to some meaningful discussion and community building between students in different music programs. Please feel free to contact me about any topics you’d like to see addressed in this forum. ~ Nicholas Walker Self-Management – College athletes have coaches who plan practice sessions, warmups, pre-game routines, strength training workouts, stretching routines, water breaks, etc.. All down to the minute! Coaches don’t say, “Nice game. Go home and practice football, and I’ll see you at next week’s game against Duke.” Yet sometimes it feels like that’s exactly what happens to college music students after a lesson. As college students we each learn how to become our own coach in addition to working to improve as the player. A good coach knows how to set goals and effectively manage time and energy to reach these goals. Put Your Practice Sessions in Your Calendar: Your classes, ensemble rehearsals, performances, and lessons are already scheduled for the rest of this semester. How about your practice sessions? Some of us are hyper-vigilant about arriving to rehearsals on time, turning in class assignments when due, or meeting a friend for lunch on time, but when it comes to our own practice sessions we are easily distracted (phones out – facebook on), delayed, interrupted,...

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