(for reference, when i say student, i am referring mainly to high schoolers[although this may apply to middle school or younger as well], not music majors or uni students, but of course i’m sure this happens at many ages, i’ve just noticed it’s more common among my peer group ^^)
what exactly is “student mentality”? as the name suggests, it’s something that i’ve noticed very heavily among younger/high school and middle school student classical musicians, as i’ve matured as musician and had the opportunity to connect with other musicians outside of my peer group.
to me, i feel in love with music because of the way it can move someone, by making them absolutely ecstatic one moment and bringing them to tears the next. but i’ve noticed among my peers that playing with emotion and passion is not exactly something that’s very influenced. there’s almost like a ranking system based of who can play the most insanely fast runs in 2932049832908402th position or who can play all those intense etudes at 3294230498230 bpm or something like that. and if you can’t do that, then you aren’t a good musician, and you don’t deserve to be respected.
now, don’t get me wrong- good technique is VERY important. those super fast runs and extreme etudes exist for a reason, and it is not a bad thing at all to be able to play those well! in fact, if you can slay those insanely high positions, that’s awesome! 4 for you glen coco, you go glen coco. but is that all there is to music? absolutely not.
your worth as a musician is not defined by being able to play insanely difficult repertoire or being in a higher chair. and unfortunately, that’s really not the case when it comes to the community among student musicians. ironically, classical music can be very uptight and not very accepting among our younger generation as well. it’s become like this giant competition. obviously, there’s nothing wrong with a lil competition, in fact- a little bit can be great! but once it gets to the point that i’ve seen VERY OFTEN among my peers, where being better than everyone is the only thing that matters in music, and everyone’s forgotten exactly what music is about, that’s when it needs to stop. it’s like you are only respected and taken seriously if you’re in a higher chair and can play all these flashy things, and if not- it doesn’t matter how hard to try, how much you love what you do, and it doesn’t matter how much passion you play with, you are not a good musician and you do not deserve respect.
because of this kind of thinking, i’ve seen so many of my friends completely give up and fall out of love with music, no matter how passionate they were in the past. and that’s something that shouldn’t happen to anyone. so to all those student musicians, or really anyone in this situation, just remember that this mentality is not the truth. it doesn’t matter if you aren’t playing insanely hard rep, or you aren’t first chair, or you aren’t in that high level orchestra/band/etc, if you are passionate, if you try, and most importantly- if you love what you do, you are still a good musician, and you still deserve respect. your worth as a musician is not defined by your rep, your chair, your ensembles, a competition/audition/performance, etc. you are so much more than what others make you out to be.
Our generation will be known for nothing,
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind,
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Was how we handled our problems.
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
(Read from bottom up now)
Full credit to whoever wrote this, just thought it needed to be shared.
Often when you are kicked down whether it be mentally, physically, or spiritually... These 5 familiar words are often spoken with little to no explanation as to how it will help or what exactly is meant by : "don't fight fire with fire"
What they mean is: Don’t fight fire with anything.
Do not fight fire with water.
Do not fight fire with foam.
Do not evacuate the people.
Do not sound the alarms.
Do not crawl coughing and choking and spluttering to safety.
Do not barricade the door with damp towels.
Do not wave a white flag out of the window.
Do not take the plunge from several stories up.
Do not shed a tear for your lover trapped behind a wall of flame.
Do not curse the combination of fuel, heat, and oxygen.