Five Things Friday: Teamwork in the Trumpet Studio

Trumpet Hang at the German court of Swerin (18th C.)

There is a trend that I am noticing in my life–there are fewer opportunities to hang out with trumpeters. Fewer opportunities to play together and chat about trumpet things. Nevertheless, there are big benefits to working together with other trumpeters, especially in a studio at a school of music. If you are looking for ways to get better, try getting together. Here is some motivation:

  1. Data points to significant health benefits to belonging to a group.
  2. When you combine group class, trumpet hangs, workshops and conferences to your lessons, you will learn more and be more motivated.
  3. When you’re hanging with other trumpeters, not even talking about the trumpet, you are building strong social bonds that help prevent burnout.
  4. You are a team with your teacher. Although online instruction is better and more accessible these days, you should put more importance into lessons with a real person.
  5. More experienced members of a trumpet studio help to mentor the less experienced–they get experience to help them become successful teachers. Less experienced members of the trumpet studio learn faster, because they get extra mentoring, and because they see the kind of workflow that goes with purposeful practice.
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What do you do with core values and a purpose statement?

If you have worked alongside me in getting a purpose statement and core values that describe yourself, then congratulations! You probably know a little more about yourself than you did before. You know what makes you tick. Now–what do you do with them?

Put them places. 

You can tape them onto your desk, computer, trumpet case, music stand, mirror, hallway or ceiling. Any place that you think you might need a little reminder about WHY you’re doing all this hard work. Put it on your computer desktop or phone lock-screen. Commit your core values and purpose statement to memory, so that you can confidently convey the real you in an elevator statement (a short statement that can be easily finished during an elevator ride).

Do you need to tell people your actual core values and purpose statement? I don’t think so. These are for you. What you tell others about yourself is INFORMED by your values and statement, but they can remain secret–a guiding principle in your trumpet journey that only you have to know.

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