As you already know, the life of a musician is much more stressful than most realize. Whether it’s a difficult piece, working with difficult people, or stressing about simply not having enough time we all have moments when we just want to pull our hair out. Here are some quick fixes to help you get through those times.
- Breathe. It’s as simple as that. Deep breathing tells the brain to calm down and relax, which relays the message to the rest of your body. Inhale through your nose, hold for 5 counts, and exhale through your mouth.
Today’s post is from guest blogger, Emily Palmer. Emily is a recent graduate of Eastern Michigan University where she served as Color Guard Captain for the EMU Marching Band. During her time at EMU she also served as President of the Gamma Rho chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. She now serves as the Color Guard Instructor for Farmington HS. We’re so glad she can join us to impart some of the wisdom gleaned from her time as a Marching Band Student Leader!
My little high school marching band students are in the midst of recruiting new members for the 2012 season. Our program is relatively small and under-recognized by the school, so I really want them to get into the habit of spreading good information about themselves. In order to help them realize how effective they can be, I recently shared the following tips with them, all of which were gleaned from my experience in the EMU Marching Band and Tau Beta Sigma. As the recruiting season for concert and marching band draws near (and therefore recruitment for Tau Beta Sigma, Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, Mu Phi Epsilon and Phi Mu Alpha), I urge you to search for a way to apply some (or all) of these to your own programs.[…]
Are you running from rehearsal to class to class to meetings to rehearsal and STILL feeling like you got absolutely nothing accomplished? Trust me, we’ve all been there!
- Write down all the things. Don’t just take it for granted that you’re going to remember every little iota in your mind. Follow this simple rule: if you want to remember it, write it down; and if you don’t want to write it down, then forget about it! Is keeping a memorized list of things to do really the best use of your brainpower?
Are you having difficulty motivating your section? Maybe you’re a section leader or just someone tired of another lackluster day in rehearsal. Well, here are 3 quick ways you can turn any rehearsal around!
- Stay Positive! It’s often said that there is power in positivity, but did you know that they were talking about you? If you’re having a tough day, talk about it with a friend or family member outside of rehearsal. When you get to rehearsal, remind yourself of all the wonderful things about being a musician–self-expression, creativity, and a higher IQ than the average Joe!