Dr. Tim-Gram #2



…the answer lies within…

What makes music special?  What creates that magical atmosphere we have come to know as the foundation of a music  family?  Perhaps it is all based on the ability to C.A.R.E.  If one examines the common themes of great programs, the quality organizations always focus on the importance of caring.  Does your group C.A.R.E.?

The acronym is more than a clever label, it is the essence of why any organization is successful.  It is the elusive indescribable climate we all recognize, but often overlook in our quest for quality, and yet it provides the forum we all need to achieve a high level of musical excellence which translates to each and every aspect of our lives.

What does it mean to C.A.R.E.?

COMMUNICATION:  Is there open and safe communication among the members of the group?  Do the upperclassmen spend time with the new members?  Do various sections of the ensemble work together with a unified understanding?  We know communication is the key to all forward motion and problem resolution.  Encourage one another to reach out to other members of the group; harmony, balance, apply to more than great music-making.

ATTITUDE:  What kind of attitude is generated by the various  members?  Do people look forward to the time together in a environment based on positive support and encouragement.  Since every individual has total control over his/her attitude, this may be the most important area of personal contribution to the music family.  There is no substitute for a healthy attitude; it is as important as good intonation.

RESPONSIBILITY:  The word literally means, “the ability to respond.”  Do people seriously embrace their responsibilities?  Do they come to rehearsals ready to invest their efforts and energies for the ongoing growth and development of the agreed-upon goals?  Do they understand their personal contribution (both positive and negative) and the way it impacts the climate?  Does the group RESPOND to the director in a fashion that will advance the entire organization to the next level of artistry?

EXCELLENCE:  Is “excellence” the key-word for everything connected with the program?  Excellence is the by-product of seeking quality; not settling for “less than the best.  There needs to be a sense of quality and the expectations that go with it.  To “excel,” to go beyond the requirements, to put forth the extra effort.

The veteran musicians know “the feel” of a group that CARES.  We can buy all the latest-greatest high tech equipment, remodel the rehearsal facilities, be availed to a huge budget, purchase the finest of everything, but the secret ingredient comes from within each and every member; the ability to C.A.R.E.  

The answer lies within; it is a gathering of wonderful young musicians who genuinely C.A.R.E. for one another.