1. Remember that health comes first
This includes the health of your family, teachers, and community.
Follow the necessary guidelines to keep yourself and those around you as healthy as possible. Be patient in taking good care of yourself. Use music as a tool for self-care and emotional wellbeing.
2. Enhance your creativity by approaching pieces in new ways
Use this opportunity to revisit old pieces. You may add new interpretations, dynamics, phrasings and anything that makes you feel happy and expressive.
3. Explore new pieces with familiar sounds
Think of your favorite theme songs, or great classics that you adore. Put your energy into the sounds and feelings that you would like to connect with and express at your instrument.
4. Share your music with others
Use this opportunity to uplift others in your home by playing for them. You may also touch the hearts of those in the greater community by playing online.
5. Monitor how you feel and reach out for help
Depression, anxiety, and other conditions can affect you and your loved ones immensely. This is also a time in which you must be patient with yourself in order to avoid exhaustion, burn-out or over assertion. Balance your time and energy as you see fit and be sure to have as much professional and emotional support as possible.
Jodi Russell, Ed.D., M.M., B.M., NCTM.