Friday, July 19, 2013
Singing Lessons- Dedication and Perfectionism While Receiving Constructive Criticism
When learning to create music (both playing an instrument and singing), we learn the art of critiquing something, breaking it down to isolate what needs to be perfected and building it back up to make the 'perfect' phrase or performance of a piece. This attention to detail is a very valuable trait not only in music but in our everyday life. Attention to detail makes us good editors, scientists, engineers, doctors, in the workforce. Being dedicated to the end product and perfectionism makes good lawyers, doctors, teachers, in the workplace. These characteristics that can be taught through music as a youth carry through to create who we become as adults.
The ability to focus to perfect something is very valuable to create quality music. It is also essential to create a quality product in the workforce as adults- a perfect presentation, website design, product design makes us a reliable and essential employee to a business or company.
In our youth and as adults we are subjected to the desire to have everything be perfect as well as to listen to others tell us HOW something would be better or 'perfect'. Think about it, mom always wants the toys put away in the right bin to keep things orderly, the math teacher wants the math equation used to be just so, your boss believes 'X' should be added to the presentation to really sell the idea to a client. What do all of these things have in common? LISTENING to the advice or demands of another person is another lesson in life that we need to learn. Whether as a child or adult, we listen to the constructive criticism of others.
In music, we learn how to listen to the constructive criticism and use it to create a better performance of the music. Learning to do this in music carries over to the business world and workforce. We already know how to receive the criticism and apply it to what we are doing to make the product better. By interpreting the information we are given, we show that we value to input of others and can use to improve the end result. We already learn to work as a team through making music as a soloist or member of a musical group.
This too carries over to being a 'team player' who takes in the advice of fellow employees - more important qualities in a mature, working adult. What a wonderful way to get your child (or you) started on some of the most important qualities in an adult- take music lessons to facilitate learning those lessons!
By receiving constructive criticism and learning the value of perfectionism, we follow through and persevere. This is imperative to a beautiful final performance of a musical piece. It is also true in everyday life. Stay tuned for next week's blog - "Perseverance and Follow Through to the End- Another Benefit to Taking Music Lessons."