Happy Performers are Better Advocates

Eric Booth, a leading trainer of teaching artists, writes in this month's Symphony magazine:

A job satisfaction survey done a few year ago listed several hundred jobs in America and rated them according to haw satisfied their practitioners were with their work. Unsurprisingly, low on the list was prison guard, and just underneath prison guard was orchestral musician. Quite high up in satisfaction was chamber musician.

boothbookThis suggests an enormous opportunity for the chamber world, and a cautionary note for orchestras. We need to capitalize on this truth- we need to resonate with the benefits of a life in music.

We need to share our genuine enthusiasm and fascination, because they are know to be among the most powerful ways to draw people into our world. You know this is true from your own experience- whenever someone peaks excitedly and with delight about something they love to do, you want to experience it too.

And the cautionary note for orchestras is that unhappy musician s do not draw people in as effectively.

All musicians must be resonant with the benefits of life in music to draw in more Americans.

Eric Booth has taught at such institutions as Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, and The Julliard School, where he is founding artistic director of the Mentoring Program. This excerpt is from the current Symphony Magazine, which featured Chapter 9 of Booth's book The Music Teaching Artist's Bible: Becoming a Virtuoso Educator, Oxford University Press, 2009.

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