Why Goals Are Important To Your Success With Music

Are you interested in adding music to your life but are not sure if you will be able to do it? If you are like most students, you want to be a great musician but have some self doubts about whether you can do it or are frustrated because you are making slow progress. Fact is that most musicians have no natural talent at all and when it comes down to making real progress on your instrument, having solid goals is what can help make you a better musician faster.

Here 3 things you must avoid doing if you want to become a better musician faster:

1. Not having general goals for your musical aspirations.

A lot of students that start playing an instrument do not have any real goals written down about what they are trying to achieve with their instrument. I know in the beginning it can be very hard to decide what you want to accomplish when the goal seems so far away and you are not sure if you will be able to do it. But, we need something to aim at to inspire us to be better and keep working hard and practicing.

If I could give you a magic pill that would help you be able to do absolutely anything with your instrument what would it be? That’s your overall general goal.

2. Not Having Specific Goals For Each Practice Session

This one is an absolute progress killer. Most students generally have no specific short terms goals that they are working towards. They are always shooting for the big picture goal which seems too far away. Eventually, they give up when they do not reach it. It’s better to run a marathon 1 mile at a time.

Haphazardly practicing whatever you want in whatever order is a huge part of why students fail at learning an instrument. To avoid this problem, work with a qualified teacher who will write down exactly what you need to practice and for how long each week. This will help you become a better musician much faster.

3. Not re-evaluating and writing down your goals every 3 months.

Every three months you should be re-evaluating your goals as your skills increase. Certain things that seemed out of reach before might be right around the corner. Writing down you goals ensures that you are staying focused on each step of the process. It also helps you track your musical progress. 

Most people think that keeping track of their progress won’t help them become a better musician and this is far from the truth. Student who track their progress make 72% more progress than students who do not track their progress. This is why we are constantly re-evaluating goals with our students and updating their progress on a quarterly basis.

Now that you know more about the 3 things that are hurting your musical progress, make the changes needed and get in touch with with a qualified coach to get you on the right track.

Mike Doyle