What We Do For Music Instructors and Educators
Music instructors realize that teaching music is different from teaching other subjects with well-defined rules and processes. Feeling makes music an art, not just a technology. A good instructor can help a student set goals and point out bad habits, and explain the ways that have worked best for others, but thatâ€™s all they can really do. The instructor knows that he or she cannot make the student better or improve their playing for them. Neither can the instructor detect a studentâ€™s thinking patterns or how they map reality for optimum learning. Information alone cannot teach a musician what he or she needs to be successful, for the rest is ultimately the responsibility of the student, individually and alone. It is up to the student to discover his or her own internal support to fill in the blanks, to find the mental processes that work for him or her, to learn individually that which cannot be taught.
Conventional music education concentrates on technique, but in doing so the real reason why we play music can often be forgotten â€“ the sheer joy of picking up your instrument and knowing something new and magical is about to happen. Technique and left-brain learning are essential, but rely on conscious processes. Because the job of the conscious mind is to narrow down possibilities for decisive action in reality, the musician must learn how to transform consciously learned skills and expand them from conscious to subconscious competence, thereby achieving the spontaneity and sincerity demanded of a true musician. Effort is an aspect of the conscious mind, a concept unknown to the subconscious. The subconscious mind never analyzes or â€œtriesâ€, it just â€œdoesâ€. Hence, under the influence of the subconscious, playing becomes effortless.
Technique is not an end in itself. Often players with crude technique have much more to say than those who have mastered technical skills. What does the unpolished but expressive player have that the well-practiced technical wizard does not? That musician has learned a way to connect with and tap into his or her vast subconscious resources.
Hypnosis is a tried and true, effective method of communicating with the subconscious mind and gaining access to the vast storehouse where all our resources are located. It is the â€œZenâ€ of the West, a ritual for the benefit of the client allowing him or her the opportunity to self-discover the process that leads into and inside, to open the door, and begin using new resources that can enhance every aspect of life.
Using hypnosis, students can use trance for quicker learning, faster recall and longer retention. They can choose to use their trance skills for personal growth, improved energy, enormously heightened productivity, a much enhanced capability for enjoyment and happiness, reduction of self consciousness, stress, worry and anxiety, a sense being more worthwhile, better use of time, and extended periods of happiness. People who learn self-hypnosis learn how to relax, to be aware of and control their own emotional states.
Using hypnosis, a musician can become aware of how he or she plays a note, remove self-limiting beliefs, and realize that the ultimate control is the ability to control â€œletting go.â€ It’s the thrill of those precious moments when the hand that guides the musical instrument has already caught and executed what floated before the mind at the same time the mind began to form it…until the musician no longer knows which of the two, the mind or the hand, was responsible for the note. Students learn how to â€œget out of their own way,â€ so that their inner genius guides their fingers while they observe their instruments and the music playing itself, thus able to enjoy and experience the ecstasy that is the musicianâ€™s true reward.
Most importantly, they learn to transform themselves from â€œmusic studentsâ€ into â€œmusicians.â€