The Highs and Lows of a Life on Lockdown....
We're into our sixth week of lockdown here in the UK. To mark my first blog post here I thought I would share just a few of my reflections so far: musical and non-musical alike!
✨ Having time to choose and concentrate on music that I’d like to sing longer-term, rather than just frantically preparing for an upcoming tutorial or recital.
✨ Making time to focus on other areas of professional development, such as spending time on social channels and finally building this blog and website!
✨ Finding out about all the ways we can continue to make music together despite social distancing. So many of us musicians are going to be way more clued up about making recordings and collaborative apps than we would have been otherwise!
✨ Seeing everyone’s amazing innovation and resilience.
🍂 Being apart from some of my most favourite people - one of the hardest bits!
🍂 Not having a designated practice room. I’m so lucky to have a piano at home and a very tolerant and supportive family, but I miss the practice rooms at college where it was easier to lose yourself in music and feel completely safe making mistakes or working through things. Our piano is in a bit of a thoroughfare here and I’m pretty sure all my teachers have now met my parents, siblings and dog during our online lessons....
🍂 Missing out on performances. Summer term is usually our big performance term at college, and I’m so sad to be missing out on opera scenes and the opera.
🍂 Mental blocks. Being predominantly stuck inside and without varied interaction with other people seems to sometimes lead to a lack of motivation to practise or be productive...
Over the next few weeks I hope to share a couple of posts on ways to keep motivated and productive during this period of lockdown: stay tuned! (If you'll pardon the pun...)