Something new for DVMTA this year! We held a fundraising night at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, and invited members and families to come and enjoy some great music and great food. The organ performance was amazing, and it was great fun. Proceeds went to DVMTA's Student Awards Fund.
Have you ever noticed that students are never short on excuses for not being prepared for piano lessons each week? Too much homework…..relatives in town……special event at school……sport practice…….sport practice……..sport practice……..seriously???? Let’s face it, everyone is busy, busy and more busy these days and now we are heading into the busiest season of the whole year! So, how do we maintain our quality teaching, prepare students for special events, promote student progress and still carve out time to take care of our own busy lives? After all, we are guilty of being just as busy as our students!
As we head into year-end holidays, take a deep breath and remember the sayings, “first things first” and “easy does it.” This is a good time of year to make lots of lists, so that you can more easily take care of “first things first”! Once the list has transferred all those racing thoughts out of your brain and onto the page, you can analyze how each item fits into your time schedule. I usually write a deadline next to each item on my list so that they are automatically prioritized. When I do this, I don’t waste precious time on something that doesn’t need to be done until next Friday when I have three things that need to be done by this Monday. Once I know what items need attention first, I start on the first item whether I want to do it or not and I see it through to completion. I then move on to the next item and work on completing that item. I call this “easy does it” because we can often get overwhelmed even by a prioritized list. Disciplining ourselves to work through one item at a time, step by step, makes it feel like we really only have one thing to accomplish instead of many. Focus equals efficiency, and before we know it, we are crossing an item off the list! A long list of crossed out items can then become quite rewarding because we have a tangible reminder of what we’ve accomplished!
Using this technique with students can help them with busy times as well. My students use a goal check sheet rather than a time check sheet. They are expected to work on at least three of their goals, six days per week. This offers them an “easy does it” on busy days, because they can accomplish goals that are less time consuming when their time is limited. They can also prioritize goals related to performance deadlines, “first things first”, so that the most important goals are attended to first.
I wish for you all a happy, healthy, joyful, productive season relatively free of the stress and frustration of being too busy. Just remember to tackle “first things first” and go about things with an “easy does it” attitude!
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Our October General Meeting is always an exciting read through of the upcoming Cavalcade of Rhythm music. Teachers have the opportunity to play and hear the selected pieces for Cavalcade before they register their students for this amazing duet event. All the pieces were a hit, and we're excited for the students to learn them as they prepare for their Cavalcade "Road Trip" in February! Thank you to The Music Store in Mesa for the practice space.
Music Marathon this year was held at six different locations: Towerpoint Resort in Mesa, Brookdale-Park Regency in Chandler, Generations of Agritopia in Gilbert, Legacy Retirement in Mesa, AZ Piano in Phoenix, and Superstition Springs Mall in Mesa. An exciting day for all involved as students performed in this all day recital, some even in Halloween costumes! Many thanks to Dana Rodgers and her Music Marathon Committee, and all teachers and parents who helped make this day successful.
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