September is here and by the time you read this, it’s mid-September.
For a lot of people September is like a new year. It’s a new beginning, new projects. It’s the start of a school year or a new concert season.
In the past days I’ve been trying to remember what was crossing my mind when I was a student and I was ready to return to school in September. For sure, there was excitement. I used to look forward to new repertoire, new music, and new challenges! But sometimes there was also a feeling of dragging because I felt I had to “start again.” At times, my hands didn’t feel the same as in my recital of the previous school year. I had that feeling of starting again with the basics and this felt slooooow.
Now that I look back, I wish I had known what I know today and used some of that time to review the maps of my body instead of hurrying up to learn more music. Also to connect to my body during my practice instead of being so concentrated on looking at my technique in the mirror, trying to find everything there.
So, now that school is starting, here are some questions that you can ask yourself to develop some awareness. These questions can also guide you through the whole school year!
I encourage you to take the time and write your answers!
For having a healthy academic year and a healthy career there are some key points that usually we disregard but are important, including rest, self-awareness, and awareness of what happens around us.
Have a great one!