Here at MTC we have had a wonderful year! We are always so warmed by the positive thoughts and support we receive from the community and our amazing students! Im sure that many of you, like us here at the office are taking up a new years resolution. If your wondering how you can start a resolution that helps you grow musically, we have three tips below!
3 Musical resolutions you can actually keep!
Practice more. Increase your practice time by five minutes or vow to practice every time you walk by the piano or guitar. Pick it up, play that chord you’ve been struggling with and put it back down. That simple resolution could increase your practice time by 30 minutes a week easily!
Play more music you love. If you, like many students are using a book to learn, consider looking for songs you can play or sing that you really love! All of my students have a warm up song. This is our first song sung every week and not only does it help them to warm up but it gets them in great spirits because they get to sing or play a fun song that they enjoy.
Specific goals like… learn a new chord every week, or learn a new song every week. The best way to keep these resolutions is by talking to your teacher and collaborating on how to have them hold you accountable.
The most important part of new years resolutions is to NEVER. GIVE. UP. If you forget to practice or get behind on your goal, know that you can ALWAYS pick it back up. We are all learning and growing. From all of us here at MTC have a happy 2017!
2016 went by so fast, but I’m looking forward to 2017 because it will be filled with new experiences, love, laughter, and new friends. I only have a few more weeks left of my internship (seven to be specific) and knowing this has allowed me to reflect on how I want to spend the rest of the year. These reflections have helped me develop some New Year resolutions that I believe are achievable and important in my growth as an individual.
Lots of new experiences are headed my way in 2017. I will finally graduate college, become certified, start a new job, and move to a new state. Since I’m not always comfortable with change and will do anything to avoid it, but one of my resolutions will be to embrace new experiences and do something challenging every day. It’s a pretty broad resolution; I will challenge myself to continue seeking out good and appropriate challenges that make me uncomfortable each day; my internship has allowed me to do this, but I want to continue doing things that make me slightly uncomfortable. Growth is uncomfortable, but it makes me a better person, therapist, and friend.
Additionally, there are too many days where I wake up with a negative attitude and outlook towards life. One of my New Year resolutions will be to think more positively. We all know that thinking positive thoughts can help change attitude and mood, but it doesn’t always come easily. That being said, I will be spending more time reflecting and writing down at least five positive aspects about each day to help encourage me to focus on the positives rather than the negatives. Each day is a gift, even if it’s been terrible, and I want to fully appreciate each moment.
I believe that these two resolutions are pretty big, but they are definitely achievable. I plan on making new resolutions throughout the year once I practice these first two!
Thanks for reading my resolutions! I would love to hear about yours!!