It’s that time of year- The end of the year where I give you my report card and evaluate the goals that I set at the end of the previous year.
Here is what happened:
BIG GOAL: Make More Money/ Be able to solely do MUSIC to survive.
Update: Success! I am surviving. As of June, I was able to just teach and complete an engraving project to make the minimum that I neded to bring in to justify being my own boss. Next year I will set my goals toward Thriving… and then some.
Mini Goal: Sell 10 scores of my own music. My goal is a minimum of 25 total including arrangements.
Update: I sold 12 total. Yeehaw. It looks like I’ll have to evaluate and revise my strategy.
Mini Goal: 15 students by June
Update: I have since surpassed that goal and am up to 20 students!
BIG GOAL: Get to know more people
Update: I didn’t meet as many new people in person as I was hoping to ( thanks Covid) but did meet some. I talked to Alex Gardner and Matthew Driscol via the magic of zoom and meet a few local musicians and composers through a Monthly Composer Meet up and throught the Z festival, both of which met online. I’d really like to actually get to know more people this next year beyond briefly meeting them.
If you count it though, I did get to meet some awesome new students and their wonderful families 🙂
Mini Goal: Contact 2 new people in music/ month minimum
Update: This fell by the wayside but I did manage to average 1-2 every other month. Next year I will schedule monthly phone calls and emails in my planner.
Big Goal: Write 3 hours minimum of music
Update: If you count all of the unrecorded improvising I did, I ….probably?… reached this goal. However, my composing focus was nonexistant most of this year and getting things written down just did not happen.
Mini Goal:Create more creative opportunities
Update: I did it- but via a different avenue that I set out to follow. I am now part of a trombone trio called The Trifore Trombone Trio and got to exercise my creativity by making marketing content for the Twin Cities Brass Band. I also participated in Z-Fest this summer which provided some interesting ppportunities as well.
Big Goal: Be even more giving and spread more JOY
Mini Goal: Send more notes in the form of cards and emails
Update: Success. I’ll keep this goal active for next year too.
Mini goal: volunteer my time in a musical capacity at least 4 times
Update: This happened exactly 4 times. I volunteered at an MMTA event this Fall, helped out with a large music sorting project, and helped a few friends with their musical projects a few times this year. Next year, I hope to help out at more events because helping is fun. 🙂