I have caught word that a child is using his imagination and I’ve come to put a stop to it.Principal Skinner
Remarkable how accurately The Simpsons writers reflected our farcical realities.
But that child is now a grown consumer.
…and about to rediscover Classical Music.
Are you ready for that?
We don’t get to dictate who is allowed to enjoy art. There is a contradictory message in saying art is everywhere, everyone has the potential for creative expression and engages in it more often than they realized…and then put out a call for all that to be withdrawn.
There are three stages to setting up any new adventure, especially one involving a group of people.
- The idea
- Turning the idea into reality
- Implementing the program
Right now, a team I am involved with is hurtling towards stage 3 and it has been a wonderful journey.
Not everything has been smooth sailing, but most fascinating is realizing the similarities between forming the Dunedin Music Society as a public charity, and just about every other musical ensemble or non-musical program I have witnessed being created.
Here are seven points you might find useful when you find yourself bringing a group of people together for the first time:
People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.
If it’s getting late and I really need to get some sleep I really should not click on your latest offerings here [on your Facebook page]. If I do, bells & whistles always go off in my brain & I’m up for hours thinking, when I should be sleeping. I look really worn out but I feel smarted. Thank you.
We all have strengths and weaknesses – things we are good at and things we are not so good at.
- Businesses do SWOT analyses.
- Individuals take personality tests.
- Some organizations encourage their members to take a Spiritual Gifts test.
If you are a musician or a supporter of live music, what are your industry-related strengths and weaknesses?
Wouldn’t it be a dream if we could combine some of the latest practical psychological research with the most realistic music research conducted in recent years?
I like making dreams come true, so I did. And now YOU get to benefit!
“Great time conducting the Dunedin Concert Band; very nice bunch of fine musicians! Their director, Stephen Brown, is happenin’.”
Networking involves a multifaceted approach and numerous mediums (media?).
A networking event is just one of them, and gets a really bad rap because of the really bad practices people tend to employ at them.
After years of avoiding every networking event that came my way I figured things might have changed by now.
Since the beginning of 2016 I have been inviting experts throughout the music industry to help you gain clarity and avoid the mistakes they have made, by sharing their thoughts and advice. We are clearly in the midst of a fascinating journey of discovery, with input from managers, composers, producers, consultants and educators as well as performers.
So far, responses from twenty-two generous folk have been received and I was interested in what they have to say, collectively, as individuals from different cultures and different perspectives of live “classical” music.
Shall we explore what kind of wisdom they have garnered over the years?
When people find out I am a musician they ask what I play. My response is to let them know that “I am a Conductor, but my main instrument is percussion.”
But that’s not the whole story.
Percussion is, in fact, the third instrument [family] I tried in life, and not the last, either. But it did become my most favorite, my most effective, and the most fun… for me. I would never have known had I not tried something different, and kept trying different things, too.
Below are three steps you can take to safely try something different. You never know when you might stumble across your true passion in life.