When You Feel like Saying "I Don't Wanna!"
(Written by a friend and colleague: Karen Suedmeier, owner of the Loveland Academy of Music in Colorado)
I’m giving myself a new challenge: Remove the word “should” from my daily thought processes, and replace it with the words “want to.”
Weird thought? Well, kind of. We are taught from childhood to do things because we should, because they’re right. But fall schedules can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep up with everything I should be doing. What’s worse, my attitude goes down the drain when I feel busy and overworked! Is anyone else in the same boat??
I’ve noticed that there’s a huge difference in how I approach tasks that I want to do, versus the ones I should do. It’s amazing: as a natural procrastinator, I can find all kinds of useful, legitimate tasks to put off the activity that is actually important. If I’m thinking I should practice, I’m putting it in a negative light. It becomes a guilt trap. Then will I enjoy playing??
Here’s an example: I go running several days a week. The mornings that I look forward to exercising in the crisp fall air are much different than the ones where I drag myself out of bed because I should run before a long day of work. Amazingly, the students who consistently practice several hours a week are not the ones who actually have plenty of time for it. They can be some of the busiest people I know, but they look forward to playing, are excited about what they are playing, and just have fun with it.
So if you miss a few days of practice, don’t beat yourself up over it. Feeling guilty will just make you less likely to enjoy sitting down and playing. Take time to play fun songs, review old pieces, and sight read some awesome new music. Talk to your teacher if you need some advice or a change of direction.
Take this as encouragement from me: you are learning to play an instrument because you want to! Let it be a positive event in your life. I’m so proud of you for making your dreams come true!
WHY Learn Music?
What are the Benefits?
1. Music rewards the brain
Music stimulates the brain regions involved in rewards and emotion. The result? It’s a fun, awesome mental exercise that improves your self-esteem.
2. Learn to actually listen
Kids that study music are better at picking up foreign language and detecting speech in noise— even if they only studied briefly, long ago!
3. Do better in school
Studies show that kids involved in music have better reading skills, know their math and tend to be brighter. SAT takers that studies music scored 47 and 43 points higher on their verbal and math tests, respectively.
4. Best way to stay in school
A staggering 96% of school principals agree that music education encourages and motivates students to stay in school.
5. Helps kids grow up
Learning music entices kids to better express their ideas, accept criticism, and improve their critical thinking and problem solving.
6. Makes kids nicer
Kids hooked on music are better team players, less aggressive and more cooperative with teachers. There are less fights, racism, and hurtful sarcasm in schools with good music programs.
Christmas is Coming!
Music Lessons are the perfect gift! Many kids don’t need one more thing to clutter up their room, but they would LOVE to learn an instrument!
We sell gift certificates in 1 lesson increments ($26.40), or some grandparents pay for lessons every month. One wife bought her husband 6 months of lessons upfront (friends and relatives contributed, too)!
If you’d like to get started or buy a gift certificate, just give us a call! We’ll help make your holidays bright! 763-670-8882
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