2017, you are mine.

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But never too busy for you, friends!

2nd semester is here! It makes me want to check goal sheets and see if we are on track. I want millions of to-do lists to be sure I’m not missing anything. (It also doesn’t hurt that my online checklist shoots a unicorn across the page when I check something off the list!)

So…let’s get prepared!

As a reminder to my studio:

SIGN UP FOR YOUR GROUP CLASS.  Either repertoire or chamber music this semester – go and make some new cello pals. (I guess other instruments are ok, too.)

SHOW ME WHAT YOU CAN ROCK.  Be sure to have your 1 best thing that you improved over break to show me.

JOSHUA ROMAN MASTER CLASS.  February 18th @ 10:30am. Attendance is required.

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Alright 2017, let’s do this!

use what you got

As we have concluded the insanity of the holiday season and prepare to re-enter the normal world, it is easy to get caught up in making huge resolutions that we kill ourselves trying to keep for a month or so and then feel frustrated when we can’t keep it up all year round.

Here is my version of cello resolutions that I hope helps me to avoid this!

Choose a monthly focus/goal. Instead of choosing something for the whole year, I will focus on finding something each month that will help my playing and teaching. For example, this month I resolve to find 30 minutes each day for me to play pieces on my cello that make me happy. Not grueling études and technique passages I know I need to work on, but work on encouraging my joy for my instrument.

Use what you have. I seem to always be on the hunt for new books and pieces to help my students succeed. Now I am not saying I won’t buy anything this year, but I do promise to go through all of my library and find new ways to use my books. Each time I do this I find wonderful gems that help a student in a way I hadn’t thought of before.

Give more compliments. I don’t believe in giving false confidence, but I dothink musicians as a whole can be more competitive than Is necessary. This year I will focus on finding 2 great things/points I admire in someone’s performance before the truly analytical portion of my brain kicks in.

What do you plan to do this 2015?

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