I Can (Eventually)

I can (eventually) do this.

The way our prove-your-skill education system works, if you can’t accomplish something the first time around, there’s generally no going back to fix it. Your grade goes down, and with it your sights and your dreams.

The truth is, for anything worth doing, it may take many failures to get it right. The secret is to keep telling yourself “I can (eventually) do this!”

I am currently unable to do it. I probably won’t be able to tomorrow.

But I can, given time and perseverance.

The many choir directors I know share this mindset. But overwhelmingly, the high school students I know do not.

While you’re teaching the music, can you teach the mindset?