It's officially back to school for Arlington County and I don't know about you but my social media pages have been filled with "first day" pictures. I absolutely LOVE this time of year because I get to see how my students have grown over the summer and it reminds me of my own childhood.
It's also a reminder of how time is so precious and fleeting. It seems like only yesterday they were in 2nd grade, still learning to read and now they are headed into 7th grade and solving math problems I don't even remember doing until high school!
Each new year of school promises new adventures, new friends and a continued journey of discovery as to who they are- becoming their unique individual selves that makes the world a better place. One of my favorite things to do the first week back to lessons for the year is to ask each of my students about their goals for the year. "What are you most excited about for this year for out time together?", I'll ask. I might also inquire about the songs or pieces they want to learn and see how I can help them get there.
The first lesson back for the school year is always fun, but even more than that it's an indicator of their growing (or feigning) musical interests and a little sneak peak into our upcoming musical journey for the year. Those first few minutes of goal setting really sets the tone for the year and allows me to create that unique lesson experience for my students.
What are your musical goals this year? Are there any songs or pieces you'd like to learn? Do you want to perform more this year? Asking these questions and setting goals are an easy way to inspire and motivate! Take a moment to write these down for yourself and see just how much of a difference setting goals, and writing them down, can make in your journey :)
Cheers to a new school year everyone, and may we lean into this new school year with joy and open hearts!