New Year’s is an inspiring time of year. We love reviewing the past year and even more so, dreaming of how to make our lives better for the coming year. Many people make New Year’s resolutions, and honestly, the vast majority of people do not keep them. One of the biggest reasons why resolutions are neglected is because they are too vague, such as lose weight, eat better or stress less. If you follow my blog or have read my book, you know about all the different ways music can inspire, heal, bond you with others, help you learn, highlight great character traits, or just create enjoyment. Don’t you want more of these things in your life? This week I’m giving some ideas for specific goals for how to become more musically literate in 2016.
Musical literacy is a term I use throughout my book and blog; it does not just describe knowing how to read and write music, but also how to understand and appreciate music. There are different levels of musical literacy, and just because you are not an experienced composer who knows the ins and outs of writing for all instrument types or a long-time performer who knows her instrument better than any other object, doesn’t mean you do not have musical literacy. But regardless of your level of music understanding, there is always more to learn. Knowing and understanding more will give you more pleasure listening to or playing music.
There are several ways to increase your musical literacy on your own or with the help of an instructor. There are simple things you can do, like expanding the kinds of music you listen to, or going to live performances. If you want to delve in a little deeper, read about music, or find music to meditate to. If you have more time on your hands, find an instrument you like and start taking lessons. These are great ways to make you a happier and more well rounded individual.
Although these examples sound great, they are not specific enough. Spend some time this New Years weekend or even a couple weeks planning out how you can follow through with these resolutions. Here are some ideas. Steal one or all of them!
Take these ideas to bring more music into your life and become more musically literate. By following through with these resolutions, music can make your 2016 more thrilling, relaxing or enthralling. Happy New Year!