The Counterintuitive But Beautiful Process of Creating Music

Creating Music on Your Bay Area Yamaha Piano

When parents first shop for Bay Area piano lessons for their young kids, they often labor under the illusion that musical creativity is a “gift” that a child (or a person) either has or lacks. Genetic predisposition to musicality might be important, in theory. But all great creative geniuses in music (and beyond) will echo Albert Einstein’s observation that genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. You need to work, diligently, in a constructive fashion, to become a creative genius.

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Different instructors teach different processes to nurture creativity. Here’s one type of study system.

1. Set an attainable “stretch” goal.

Get into the habit of setting goals, writing them down and reviewing them. This is a core success habit in any discipline. Rather than strive to compose (or even just play) a complex Prokofiev sonata, master something just out of your current technical grasp within the next month. Put time limits on your goal, and strive to enjoy the process as much as to celebrate the goal.

2. Once you hit your milestone, win or lose, celebrate and reflect.

If you hit your stretch goal, great. If not, great. The point of the creative process isn’t to master a particular piece but rather to master the process of learning how to master.

Get feedback from a trusted source: a piano teacher or a respected peer, perhaps. Be open. You want honest appraisal about what you did right and what you did wrong. Reflect on this information and on your own intuition. Then, develop your next set of creative goals.

3. Rinse and repeat.

Work towards notching hundreds of hours of this deliberate practice under your belt.

Becoming a creative master in music — or in any other art form — is a long-term process that simply cannot be rushed. As long as you pursue stretch goals, if you keep putting in the hard work and the hours, you will eventually reach a level of creative mastery that will leave people gasping in awe of your amazing talent.

You also might want to read success literature or even just watch YouTube videos about what it takes to succeed. But strive to listen to and learn from people who have actually succeeded in what you want to do, and you will be well on your way.

To take the next step – to purchase the instrument of your dreams – connect with our authorized Yamaha piano dealers for insight and professional guidance. For over 40 years, we have served Bay Area musicians like you with excellent, knowledgeable service. Let us help you achieve your creative musical dreams.

2 thoughts on “The Counterintuitive But Beautiful Process of Creating Music

  1. Are you teaching the meaning of each note of a scale, and the meaning of each chord based on the scale notes?

  2. When parents first shop for Bay Area piano lessons for their young kids, they often labor under the illusion that musical creativity is a “gift” that a child (or a person) either has or lacks. Genetic predisposition to musicality might be important, in theory. But all great creative geniuses in music (and beyond) will echo Albert Einstein’s observation that genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. You need to work, diligently, in a constructive fashion, to become a creative genius.

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