1. One skill that I feel that I need to acquire is the ability to be able to give concise, elaborative speeches. At times, I get flustered when I have to give speeches in front of large crowds. I think taking a course in marketing or course that requires me to present something will help ease my stage fright in that aspect. In terms of maintain my website, I feel completely comfortable managing the website, including updating information and posting blogs. I feel as though my extensive experience in the music field has given me good social skills, however, as previously stated, I would like to be able to develop my ability to give speeches a bit more. In terms of criticism, I am completely open to constructive criticism and I actually welcome it.
I think in terms of motivation, it is hard for me to find a clear source unless it is something in which I am intrinsically driven. For example, I am very passionate about music and I don’t really need an external source of motivation, or someone pushing me to practice or perform. However, in high school, I had many parents pushing me to take certain classes because it would look better on my resume or take certain APs for the same reason. In full honesty, I would have to say that I am not much of a risk taker and I prefer to take the safer route because it is in fact, as the name suggest, safer. However, I have learned through my years that it is important and necessary to take certain risks to truly be successful. As I read about the truly wealthy or men who have succeeded throughout their lifetime, I read not only about their amazing exploits but also the risks that they have taken. Some people have quit college in order to pursue a full time career in music and have made it big within the industry. That goes to say that this should not be the primary direction for everybody, however, one should not be afraid to walk outside the box. Truly, I like to stay within the limits of the box because I know it is a place where I can play it safe and succeed. However, I know that at the same time, that success is limited. So I have made a vow unto myself that I will follow the direction that I want to go regardless of what people say or what they try to pressure me into.
I think what personally motivates me is just my inner drive to succeed. It has been a pinnacle part of my life since I was a young child. I think it is definitely one of my stronger points. When life throws challenges in my direction, I will face them head on. In terms of grades and approval, I would definitely have to say that just like any other student, I would like to receive A’s. However, that is ultimately not my final goal. I feel more satisfaction when I completely understand the material as opposed to simply just doing well enough to receive an A in that specific quiz or that specific test. A lot of times, we become distraught after receiving a poor grade, however, it can become an opportunity for improvement and I like to see failure as another opportunity to reexamine myself and do better. In terms of competition, I am competitive, however, I am more competitive internally than externally. What I mean by that is that I like to out perform myself day after day as opposed to just performing better than the musician sitting next to me. This is what inevitably drives me. I feel as though I should improve little-by-little each day and as long as I do better than the previous day, I can sleep happily.
The most influential part of that whole article to me was the idea that we should “elaborate and associate.” In order words, we should mess with the various concepts or perhaps think about the overall rhythm, phrase, or melody in a different way. My guitar teacher told me to sing through my guitar or in other words, find my own voice and project it through the guitar as opposed to just performing the piece mechanically. I can see how messing around with the various melodies and rhythms can help you discover your true self. The section “repeat, repeat, repeat” seemed to resonate with being a successful musician because unless you practice, you can truly perform effectively to an audience. That leads me to the last point; the argument that “testing is better than rehearsing” because it truly demonstrates whether or not you have a firm grasp on the material. In terms of the wikipedia argument, I do like the various arguments speaking to how we learn such as the social learning theory or the self-concept theory. In terms of my own beliefs, I think I would probably learn best with a combination of the two. In terms of the application of this idea, I think it just kind of provides an outline for how I should best utilize my time and my specific approach to music.
Joe Lee grew up in suburban Dallas with an older brother. He began to play guitar at the age of 6 in Fort Worth and eventually studied with Chip Christ, Tom Johnson, Robert Guthrie, and Robert Phelps. At the age of 13, he performed on the National Public Radio show, “From the Top,” and concurrently received the Jack Kent Cooke Music Award, a $10,000 scholarship. After that, he was accepted in the Young Scholars Program from the same foundation. He is currently pursuing a degree in business administration and guitar performance with a minor in macroeconomics at Southern Methodist University.
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