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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Own Your Mistakes

Andrew Hitz

This quote from Dr. Mickey McCale reminds me of a time I heard a student ask Joe Alessi about how to prepare for a professional audition.  Joe told that student that they needed to get "brutally honest" with themselves about what they could and could not do on the horn.

First you have to recognize your defects as a player, conductor or communicator.  Then you have to own those defects until you turn them into strengths.