Musical INQUIRERS take private lessons and then go home and practice. When musical inquirers have trouble performing a passage, they figure out ways in order to improve and perfect their skill by trying various strategies. Musical inquirers have mentors and favorite musicians. They attend live concerts and research musical recordings and performances online to hear how other musicians interpret music and express their voice.
KNOWLEDGEABLE musicians perform seasonal music as well as music commemorating special events, i.e. memorials, inaugurations, graduation, Independence Day, processionals, etc. Knowledgeable musicians understand the role of music in musicals & plays, movies, world premieres, video games, art galleries and even physical therapy.
Musical THINKERS understand the level at which they can execute music and then come up with a practice plan in order to improve. Musical thinkers apply practice and rehearsal strategies for demonstrating technical skill as well as
expressive voice. Musical thinkers take the initiative to practice on their own and show grit. They show up to gigs prepared, never steal other’s music and pay musicians for their work.
Musical COMMUNICATORS can work well in a small or large ensemble. They understand when to be a leader and when to be a team player. Musical communicators contribute constructive ideas to the ensemble; keeping the whole group in mind. They listen to the ideas of others and strive to understand their musical interpretation. They can lead a sectional, keep others on task and teach beginning musicians with clarity and patience.
PRINCIPLED musicians don’t make copies of artists’ music and sell it or share it for free. They don’t take credit for other people’s work and they make sure to give credit to the appropriate people. Principled musicians always communicate in a mature way with their instructors and peers, and always behave with respect and professionalism. If they can’t make a rehearsal or performance, they let everyone know before they commit. Principled musicians consider the needs and preferences of other musicians, the conductor, and the audience. Principled musicians show up practiced and prepared for every rehearsal and concert. They know when they need to practice more for the good of the performance and take the liberty to go home and improve themselves.
OPEN-MINDED musicians understand that music is an art. Music is an expression of emotions, therefore there can be many interpretations of a song. This is why there are covers of original songs! Open-minded musicians compromise and collaborate when working with others in order to present a performance in a cohesive manner. They listen and seek to learn from others; sometimes giving up what they want in order for someone else’s ideas to be put into practice.
CARING musicians know when to volunteer their talents in order to help the greater good. They know that not every person or organization can afford to
pay for or award their services, so caring musicians designate a certain number of volunteer performances and hours tutoring and assisting each year. This can be in the form of a benefit concert, playing at church, helping a friend by playing for their gig or recording, uplifting the elderly by singing them a
song, giving a lesson to a beginner, playing for the military troops, tutoring younger musicians after school, helping to keep a clean and orderly music room, organizing items in the music library, or a number of other giving opportunities.
Musical RISK-TAKERS understand that their music as work of art is a reflection of their own voice. They are true to their music, even when other people want to
dictate it or put it in a box. Musical risk-takers are always learning, evolving and experimenting with texture, instrumentation and form. They weigh the pros and cons of creating out of the box as they relate to the listener & marketability of their music. Musical risk-takers are courageous in the classroom and on stage by volunteering to perform an example of music for others, doing solos on stage at concerts, doing solos for judges at district festivals and competitions, and auditioning for honor ensembles.
BALANCED musicians understand that music requires physical, emotional and psychological strength. They realize that balancing their art, physical well-being, and social/family obligations require prioritizing. They never put their work before their family, and they always appreciate and respect the support they receive from their family and the community. Balanced musicians have good time management skills, self-discipline, and emotional intelligence. They can handle stress and disappointment in a healthy way and not reject critique from others.
REFLECTIVE musicians always think about how to improve their skills. They listen and practice. Reflective musicians attend master classes, watch videos, go to professional conferences and communicate/collaborate with colleague. They are open to feedback from both supporters and critics. Reflective musicians have a high level of humility and thoughtfulness. They leverage their life experiences and genre preferences in order to better understand music of other cultures.