Thursday, June 21, 2012

Talent is Overrated

Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin.  This book was excellent, I checked it out at our local library but I will definitely be buying it to add to my own collection.  It examines what separates some of the most extraordinary people in their fields from those who simply do well: deliberate practice.  If you’ve read The Talent Code or Outliers, you’ll already be familiar with many of the concepts but it does provide a different viewpoint.  His arguments are presented well with evidence to back them up and the stories are inspiring.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Projects

Although I’ve had a great turn out for summer lessons, I am actually finding a little time to relax, regroup, and recharge the batteries.  So what have I been up to besides teaching?

Practicing  Well of course this is always a priority, but it’s different during the summer when you don’t have a concert or audition to constantly prepare for.  I’m definitely not complaining, performing is one of the greatest joys of my life after all, but it does give me a chance to go back to fundamentals and to start new projects.  I’m hoping to have some recordings and possibly video up on the website soon.

Reorganizing  Check out my revamped office:

I think that a beautiful and well organized practice space always helps me to be as productive as possible.  Also, this gives me a chance to put my Pinterest skills to good use. I don’t recommend repainting a file cabinet…take my word for it.

Reading I’ve been really wearing my Kindle and library card out and I promise that they’re not all music books.  I’m about to start, Talent is Overrated so look for a review soon.

Traveling  Planning trips to Oklahoma, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia to visit friends and family.  I’ll be heading to Nebraska for ClarinetFest as well.

Listening to Music  I recently got hooked on Spotify and love it.  It’s given me a chance to check out a lot of albums that I probably would not have discovered otherwise.  I’ve also seen a few live recitals lately which were all fantastic.

Running This half marathon is really going to happen this fall.