Do You Have An Upcoming Audition? Competition? Music Jury? ClarinetMike Says, “PERFORM MUSIC!”
In the preparation for and giving of auditions and such I suggest changing our thinking from “I want to beat people and WIN!” to “I will ‘Go For It’ trying to give a beautiful PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC.” Because MUSIC (i.e. ART) is what we are actually trying to do. Here’s a few inspirational quotes:
“We are musical if we are beautifully expressive and passionate – the antithesis of mechanical, meaningless, accuracy-only producers of organized sound. Accuracy unto itself is boring and lifeless. Through beauty, expressivity, and passion, accuracy transcends into art.” Donald Neuen (Southwestern Musician, Nov 2017, p 13)
“The heart of performing is the attempt to say something beautiful.” Michael Dean “ClarinetMike”
I want to quickly add that making all-region band, winning a competition, passing a music jury, etc. are very worthy goals. And, of course, the music business IS competitive. However, it is vital that we not let our competitiveness overwhelm our artistry and joy.
So, let us constantly remind ourselves and teach our students that it is ALL ABOUT MUSIC!
A Practical Tip: With myself and my students, I push the idea of referring to the all-region audition as “A Performance of Music” and not “An Audition.”