What is the measure of SUCCESS?
In the competitive music arena, many students, instructors, and onlookers determine success by the trophies you win. There are many programs that are consistently successful by this account, however, with every team, there is change over each season- in members and staff, that lead to a constant “Start Over” for the group.
So, how is it that these groups reach these great heights year over year?
It all goes back to a solid foundation… the constant reinforcement of the work ethic and values within a program. With each new team there is a new dynamic and new challenges. Multiple hours of individual practice and ensemble rehearsal go into the handful of performances each season. So… do all those hours amount to nothing if we do not win the coveted 24 karat gold plastic trophy? Or, was that 6 minutes the only part that matters when we do win? I will go with neither.
The success of a program is not measured in trophies, it is measured in the values of each of its parts. True success is forged through a strong work ethic, leadership, chemistry and integrity. These are not built during the show, rather, through all the hours that lead up to those performances. This is not an individual activity. Your success is reliant on each individual member doing their part to be as strong and confident as the next. We must all buy into the same ideals and push ourselves beyond what we are used to. Be accountable to yourself and your team and hold each other accountable. Give of yourself for the benefit of the group. Sacrifice for the greater good. At the end of the day, it always comes down to your team culture:
- Create a culture of respect
- Form relationships with your team members
- Love each other
If these core values are attained, you have already won. SUCCESS is no longer a goal, but a reality.