August 2006

getting my game face on

August 18, 2006 23:40

My goals for the fall semester (ok, this blog is mostly for me to try and keep accountable):

1. Get a bitchin' seat in orchestra, and win at least one of my other auditions.

2. (Continue to) practice like crazy and get this damn recital rep up to par so I can do it either late first or early second semester.

3. Get Khachaturian REALLY solid by memory (it's insane to memorize) and destroy the concerto competition (well, TECHNICALLY that's second semester, but all the prep is now).

4. Get all the grad school audition rep solid as hell. ESP the Khach, Pag, Bach, and Beethoven

5. Win Bach-Handel

6. Figure out where exactly I'm applying for grad school. Also figure out if I want to get just a performance degree, or try and get a Performance/Suzuki, Performance/Pedagogy, or Performance/Music Ed thing. Also figure out whether I should get certified to teach in public schools.

7. Gig a TON and make a lot of money.

8. Start building a studio, especially if I think I might stay in the DC area.

9. Play in as many things as I can.

10 (and MOST important). GET RID OF MY CONSTANT OVERANALYZATION OF TECHNIQUE WHEN I PLAY AND JUST PLAY WHEN I AM PERFORMING. I think the single biggest obstacle I face is that I have self doubt/criticism when I perform, and THINKING too much about technique makes it hard as hell for me to play. I think that will take me to the next level in my playing.

That's all.

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