00:41 How Can I Prepare To Be A Leader?
- Learn from the current leaders to know the responsibilities.
- Know the audition process of your ensemble.
- Know your fears and address them so you can learn.
- Know that you don’t have to be the best player to be the best leader.
- Learn how to delegate. Know people’s strengths and use that to help the group.
- Excavate information. Know the process and procedures of your ensemble so you can provide a blueprint for your people.
06:21 How Can I Sight Read Better?
- Reading music is like reading a language. So follow the process of learning a language. Understand letters, then words, then sentences.
- You can read English so well because you’re reading it everywhere you go. So make reading music part of your every day life. That way you get used to reading music and you will get faster at it over time.
- Be able to read music in layers. Be able to see the groupings, rhythms, stickings, and embellishments at first glance.
13:41 How Should I Document My Progress, And How Much?
- Document your progress as much as possible.
- Every practice session you should document your progress. Write down things you need to work on.
- Documenting your progress will help create a document you can reference in the future. This will allow you to create a formula for growth that works for you.
- Make sure you are documenting, but also working through a good process. If you’re documenting a bad process your notes will be random and not very useful down the road.
- Know your Long Term, Mid Term, and Short Term goals, then create a process that works towards that. Then document how your daily process is working in line with your goals.
- At the end of each practice session be able to say what you made better. No matter how small.
- When you start each practice session reference your practice journal so you know what you need to work on and things to avoid.
21:39 How Do I Keep The People On My Line Engaged?
- Know the difference between a Professional and a Hobbyist. Some people love band and that is their whole life, others are just here for fun, others are forced to be here by their parents. Everyone’s motives to be in band are different, and knowing this
- Understand some people are bad communicators. No matter how hard you try, some people will just not write you back.
- If you’re asking people to do MORE than what the instructor is asking them to do, realize some people only want to do the bare minimum. So they won’t want to do those extra practice session until they see the value in it. When you communicate to groups, some people hide in groups. If you don’t give individual call to actions, you won’t get a reply from them.
- Some people are embarrassed because they think they suck as drumming. So the last thing they want to do is look like a fool in front of everyone.
- It’s your job to communicate and be consistent in your communication. Then it is their job to reply. But if they don’t respond, either have individual conversations with them, or just be consistent and hope they get on board eventually. But don’t stress that it is you.
- Focus on getting ONE person on your team at a time. If you try to get everyone engaged at the same time you might not get anyone on board, and that is exhausting. But if you try to get 1 person on board, that is easier to do, and eventually everyone gets on board over time.
- Play the long game. Focus on engaging the team, one person at a time, over a much longer timeline than you think. Even if that is one person a year.
- You have the power to build a culture, it just takes time. There are people who do not like conflict. So they will tell you YES to your face, but would rather ghost you. That’s way easier for them. Sometimes it’s not you.
- Paint the picture for your team. Let them know what they will be able to do after putting in all the hard work.
39:57 Know What Questions To Ask.
- As a student in the game, you have to know what questions to ask. Document your questions when you have them in the moment. Then when you run into someone who has the answers, you are prepared to have them help you.
- If you are passive in the way you learn your process will be slow. Get a list together of questions you have. Any time you think “I wonder…” write that down! Then when you have a huge list of questions, work to get those questions answered.
- Ask questions you already have answers to so you can either confirm your beliefs, or find better solutions.