In addition to improving myself as a musician, I also intend to expand my knowledge in areas of business and the financial aspects of life. I plan to do so by taking courses outside of Meadows, giving myself an advantage in my musical career. By becoming well rounded, my abilities will far exceed just playing an instrument.
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I am motivated to work by the feeling of preparedness that is associated with practice. There is nothing worse than to feel unsure of my abilities, simply due to a lack of preparation. The obstacle that most often prevents me from accomplishing tasks is stress. If I focus on the overwhelming amount of work I need to complete, this distracts me from the work itself. I am pretty good at self regulation, as well as limiting distractions while working, however I can still improve in these areas.
Reading through the prompt and considering what I value most in regards to music and life in general, several things came to mind. Being close to family is important to me, which is part of the reason I’m attending a school thirty minutes from home. I’m a competitive person, but not to an unhealthy degree. Competition fuels me to practice and get better, but it is most often myself who I’m competing against. I would like my work to align with what I value as much as possible, although it is not always easy to find the perfect balance. Regardless, values are very important to me in music and every day life.
While reading the articles on work habits and self efficacy, I noticed that I already use several of the methods they propose to aid in effective study. I often take naps before practicing, exercise on a regular basis, and have specific places I visit to study or practice. While I do have some good work habits, there are also some I could work on, such as stress reduction. I found the self efficacy article interesting, and believe that I have high self efficacy in general, but not to the point where I significantly over estimate my abilities.
As I thought about the journey that has led me to my current studies in music, specifically percussion, I realized that my choice of this path has no logical explanation. Neither of my parents are musical people, most of my closest friends chose other routes when picking what fine art class they would take in middle school, and I knew very little about percussion when I made up my mind that I wanted to do it. Regardless of the origin of my musical career, there is no doubt that music has had a profound impact on my life. Percussion came some what naturally to me, but I also found it intriguing, leading me to spend more time practicing than most of my peers early in my musical career. As I transitioned into high school percussion, several factors drove me to continue despite the other activities I would have to give up. My percussion director Matt Holm and my lessons teacher Brandon Kelly were both very inspirational, through their own accomplishments as well as through the advice and aid they gave me. All region band also inspired me to strive for musical excellence. All of this being said, my highest scores on the personal effectiveness rubrics were in reflection/ response to feedback and innovation. This is partially due to the people I have had work with me such as the ones mentioned. As I continue with my musical career I hope to have more inspirational individuals such as these to look up to.
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