Many times throughout my teaching career I have heard my students say “I can’t play that”. I tell them that there is no such word in the music dictionary. I take out my portable dictionary from my briefcase and show them. “Wow, Maestro Stan, you’re right!” It doesn’t exist in the world of music education. I tell my students as they are attempting to practice the piece of music on the piano to think to themselves or say out loud:
I CAN PLAY THIS!
Inevitably, they are able to get through the difficult measure or measures of music with a focused mind to make the connection between the brain and the fingers. This is such a critical part of the learning process in any field, but more so in trying to master a musical instrument. In addition to reading the notes on the page, figuring out which fingers to use and how to execute a certain phrase or passage, i.e, legato, staccato, forte or piano, the student needs to know that they CAN play it.
The following is a series of positive affirmations that have worked for me over the years in many aspects of my life. I hope that they can can help you out, too!
10 Affirmations that Inspire Music Practice
- “I’m grateful to be able to make music.”
- “I open my heart to the richness of my musical adventure.”
- “I embrace challenges as opportunities to advance.”
- “I’m confident in my abilities.”
- “I trust in my capacity to grow.”
- “I look forward to today’s discoveries.”
- “It’s beautiful to practice. I love to practice.”
- “Music is my true love.”
- “I’m fortunate to be able to pursue my love of music.”
- “I’m thankful to all the people who have supported my music making.
Parents, MTC thanks you for supporting your talented children as they take the journey toward becoming a musician.