This is a question that Seth Godin asks people in organizations. I'm thinking about this in relation to my own work. What Do I Do Here? At one time I would have said that I teach music to children. Which is part of what I do. I hope to open the doors of musical expression to their young hearts, and help them gain confidence and a gift to share.
But reading Godin's Poke the Box, which I've only just started, has made me aware that isn't at the core of what I do.
Here is what I really do: I constantly search for the easiest, most effective way to help children learn that they are innately musical and creative, and I test those ideas out on my students.
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut, and plod along a pre-determined path with blinders on, but eventually I shake my head, look around and realize that this path isn't quite the one that is helping me a achieve that goal.Then I set off on another search to see what new ideas are already out there and what new ideas I can come up with on my own.
Since there are lots of creative thinkers in the musical world, I have lots of inspiring ideas to try out.
I am currently on another search to tweak my program.
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