Personal Learning Beliefs in studying music is one of the few areas that does not get enough attention. It is the one thing that actually determines if we can become a good or great player and is based solely on our acknowledgment of what we can accomplish and what it takes to get there.
Overcoming Poor Beliefs
There are processes you must go through in order to achieve the goals of playing music like a pro, satisfying a music hobby for self fulfillment, or as an amateur musician in a band. Your belief system is high on the list. Letting your beliefs limit your abilities is one of the greatest factors holding us back from achieving our goals.
If you struggle with learning or follow through necessary to be able to play music, then this is one of the areas you should examine. If you teach, then this is also one process that you need to apply to your students.
Foremost, you need to believe that you can and will be able to learn what you need to be a musician. So how does one do that?
Let’s look at how children approach learning new concepts. In many cases they have no preconceived notion of what they can or can not achieve until they have at least tried to accomplish an act.
Your first step is to get rid of the notion that you can’t do it. How do you know you can’t do it?
The Right Questions
Ask yourself this simple question. Do I know that it is true that I can’t learn (insert your topic or judgment or stress associated with learning)? You may answer no or yes, just try to be honest about it.
Then ask this next question.
Do I absolutely know that it is true? Be very honest here. If you are honest you will answer that you know it is not true. Acknowledge that and move forward.
It’s almost impossible to absolutely know that you can’t accomplish something. Once you have acknowledged that aspect of your learning beliefs you need to move to the next step, which is turning it around.
Ask yourself, what or who would I be without this belief? Imagine that in your mind and embrace it. Take your time to really get a handle on how you would feel, look, and sound. Take that and say it out loud. This is the process of turning the belief around and allowing yourself to take control of the experience.