There’s nothing like a peaceful lake with the airy sounds of recorder music, and long conversations with your mom, to bring out your pensive side.
Before leaving for music camp, someone on Twitter asked me what I would be learning there. It struck me as an odd question, and I actually had to think about it for a second. I’ve been to Cammac many many times, so I knew I’d be learning something. I would get professional instruction in all my courses: chamber music, choir, Broadway. It would definitely help me enhance my musical skills.
But there was something about that answer that didn’t feel right, or complete. It didn’t get to the true value that I would be getting out of the week.
The value of this place, isn’t in developing your skills or coming closer to reaching Mastery. The value is in the act of playing music with other musicians for no purpose, other than that you love it. And although this is harder to quantify or explain than “skill development,” that doesn’t make it any less important.
In our specialist-centric, skill-obsessed culture, the word “amateur” gets a bad rap. However, if we all just embraced the word, in it’s root sense and stopped worrying so much about becoming experts, I believe that the world would be a much brighter, more creative place. Let me explain…
What are you an amateur at? (Feel free to list multiple things.)