Friday, September 25, 2020

Views. Then the andante.

 This is my view, right now. Isn't it magnificent?



I am sitting inside the new global headquarters of The Piano Instructor, looking out my front window.

Renovations are underway.

Today, though, there is a break in the action. No workers, no inspectors, no engineers. All of that resumes on Monday.

So, I am sitting here, listening.

Mitsuko Uchida is leading the first movement of Mozart's piano concerto in D minor on my phone. 

Her deftness in the articulation of each note no matter the speed--and the speed gets up there--is remarkable, a goal I wish to achieve.

As I sit here, I realize that the acoustics in here are incredible. I can feel possibility raising goosebumps as she simultaneously climbs those progressions with certainty. We are feeding each other.

And I realize...

We never stop growing, searching, striving.

To strive effectively, it helps to have a strong foundation, which this house and I both have.

And it definitely helps to have a vision. I am clear on interior design, the importance of ensuring excellent quality work now so that I can enjoy my growth here for many years, and possess the willingness to expand my skillset to be able to finance it. All of that is present right now. Glorious. 

Renewals can be scary, and indeed almost everyone is doing their level best to "talk some sense into me".

But visionaries can't be swayed. Leaders work out all of those details with research you would not believe (far more than the Wikipedia entry that you then edited "for accuracy") and then remain flexible enough to flow when obstacles arise. I'm realizing that my friends and family mean well and want me to avoid all that and be safe. They're trying to avoid, really, like, six major possible things that could go wrong with the renovation, all of which can be remedied with research and proper funding and time.

But if you know that there will be a million obstacles and just accept it, then when you have only six you're like, Hoorah!

Me.

There's no growth in stagnation. Besides, home renovation is basically a television production with your own money. I pick my crew, describe what needs to be done, figure out a timeline, know that the timeline will be destroyed, and work around it all. Everything takes longer than expected, costs more than you'd like, and except for ridiculous catastrophes that you couldnt have planned, usually works out great if you hire good people. So worry is wasteful. 

Same. 

We teach this.

And now, the andante.



Tina L, multiple award winning teacher, producer, and composer, is the founder of The Piano Instructor. Her curriculum, Musical Kinetics, teaches teachers how to create musicians for life. It is field tested by teachers, written by a teacher, and perfected as students respond and science provides more information. It is available here.

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