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It's Messy

Some of my students participated in a recital this afternoon that was sponsored by the Reading Music Teachers Association. I enjoyed many really sweet moments of music today, but they were not the highlights of the recital for me. Nope. The highlights were in the things that went wrong. Whether it was a wrong note, a missed entrance or a forgotten lyric, these errors created the real beauty of the day because I got to see students comforting each other and encouraging each other. Maybe other people prefer perfection but I like the messy stuff better because this is life. It's messy. No matter how well you plan and work and practice and prepare, things always go wrong. This IS life, and learning to be ok when things are going wrong is just another fabulous benefit of studying music. We strive towards perfection while learning to be ok with imperfection. This is life and it is beautiful.

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