My life as a teaching artist doesn't keep me in the classroom. The perks of the gig bring cool opportunities, like voice coaching in recording studios and judging Battle of the Bands competitions. This one took me to a balcony at the Vic Theater in Chicago to rate four of the top bands from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. These two groups have a long history of competition and this was just a small piece of it. Each band took no prisoners and they rocked the stage. We judged everything from creativity to technical skill and stage presence. It was so great to see musicians take a break from the books to engage in some of their passions.
One moment that stuck out to me was when I had a chance to chat with some of the contestants. These were not people who dreamt of being famous. They just loved to play music. What made them so talented was how much work they put into their art. They didn't feel that they were born with the skill. They spent daily hours playing scales and rehearsing lyrics to get to this point. Not to mention the teamwork and design that goes into putting a cohesive band together. Some of my students here in the studio admittedly dedicate themselves most as the days creep closer to their lesson time (I used to be guilty of the same thing). I LOVE seeing my students perform and this is a great example of what it can look like when you put in the work. You don't have to want to be on Billboard's Top 40, but you do have to earn what you want. Need help? Let's chat about your strategy. I teach practice workshops that help you design your routine. You've got this, and I've got you.