Here's where I'm starting : December 14, 2014 I had my final recital as a student at Boston University, in partial fulfillment of my Performance Diploma. I have an incredible studio of families to teach, but the other half of my musical soul needs an outlet.
Confession : I have trouble motivating myself to practice. I'm a very goal-oriented person, which I think is a fine attribute, so long as the aspirations are attainable. Historically, mine tend to be along the lines of, "get into the finest orchestra in the world." I came remarkably close, then the injuries that come with blind ambition slowed me down and forced some major personal reflection and lifestyle changes. I'm a better violinist and person for it, but damn it was hard.
So... it's true what they say : get your violin out for 10 minutes, or commit to running for 10 minutes, and often that alone inspires more practicing, more exercise. I also want to be as authentic as possible with my students; if I don't practice daily, why should they? Hopefully this continues to enrich my musical life and manifests as a positive environment. So far, I'm having a lot of fun.
BTW, you're invited to play! Leave a comment if you wanna join and we can celebrate this time next year!