Three Kinds of People

‘Tis the season: recitals, semester juries, preparation for college auditions, summer music festivals, DCI, WGI, All-State etc...We all know that it is important to perform for other people for feedback as we prepare for our performances / auditions. However, it is important to play for the RIGHT people. There are THREE KINDS OF PEOPLE I have identified as key to helping you perform at your best.

  1. People that think everything you do is amazing. Why? They build your confidence.

  2. People that think everything you do is terrible. Why? Hyper critical about small details that may have gone unnoticed.

  3. People that are objective. Why? Balance

 Examples of people that may fall into one of these three categories:

  • Family: Mom, Dad, Siblings, Step-Siblings, Grandparents, Cousins, Uncles, Aunts

  • Friends

  • Colleagues: Younger Colleagues, Older Colleagues, Colleagues from other Schools, Percussion Colleagues, Non-Percussion Colleagues

  • Teachers: Private Teacher you see on a regular basis, Guest Teacher, Ensemble Conductor

Obviously, there could be overlap within these examples. For instance, my parents are professional musicians and educators, which would put them in all three categories: proud parents, critical with details and objective. While it is good to look for people to perform for that span multiple categories, it is also very helpful to find people in singular categories.

michael sammons