Do You Have An Upcoming All-Region Audition? Music Jury? University Entrance Audition? Concerto Competition? 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’ and attempt to give a beautiful PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC.” Because MUSIC (i.e. ART) is what we are actually trying to do. Here’s a couple of 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, acceptance into a music school, passing a music jury, winning a competition, 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.
Let us constantly remind ourselves and teach our students that it is ALL ABOUT MUSIC!
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.”