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 There is nothing like a dream to create the future.  -  Victor Hugo

The Picture


Ah!  September!  The air is filled with optimism and the possibilities appear limitless!  Like January 1st, the beginning of the school year opens the door to reinvention.  It is the perfect moment to pause, reflect, assess, and plan.  A clean slate is laid before us and everything is possible. 

As any time management expert or success guru will tell you, you need to know where you want to go, or you go nowhere.  And while you put some effort into thinking about where you are going, it is also a good idea to take in where you are.

At the beginning of each school year, I ask my students to mull over a few points and write a short essay.  The exercise (hopefully) allows them to evaluate their current situation and develop a vision for their future.  

I am including it here and invite you to ponder the questions and do your own self-assessment.  Feel free to share your essays and thoughts with me at contact@reneepaulegauthier.com, and I will be happy to offer you feedback and/or discussion. 

I encourage you to be as honest and spontaneous as you can be.  Allow yourself one short sentence per question and let the answers come to you naturally, sticking with the first thing that comes to your mind.  Try to complete the exercise in less than 10 minutes.  The time factor and concise answers will promote a fluidity in your thoughts and provide insight into things which are important to you, some of which you might not have realized before.

In a short essay, please briefly describe: 

  • 1. Future goals about your life and your career:
    •           a) Where do you see yourself in five years? 
    •           b) In ten? 
    •           c) In twenty? 
    •           d) In forty?
  • 2. Long term goals leading to the completion of your degree: 
    •           a) General elements/areas you want to improve (knowledge, musicianship, genres, etc.)
    •           b) Repertoire you would like to cover
    •           c) Recitals/competitions/auditions you would like to prepare for
    •           c) Elements of your right hand you want to improve
    •           e) Elements of your left hand you want to improve
    •           f)  Describe personal goals, unrelated to a music career, that you see yourself accomplishing
  • 3. Your short term goals for this semester and for the academic year:
    •           a) General elements/areas you want to improve (knowledge, musicianship, genres, etc.)
    •           b) Elements you would like to improve
    •           c) Repertoire you would like to cover

Now that you have a better picture of what you want the future to look like, you can get to digging a little bit more and planning!  We know the “what” and “when”.  Time to get to the “how.”

Next time: The Plan

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