How does one develop the necessary attributes of a successful musician?
Define successful.
Define musician.


Project 1:
  • Research a 'successful' INDIVIDUAL from the past or present (Abe Lincoln, Michael Jordon, Oprah, Obama, etc.)
  • Create a list of personal qualities/characteristics that led to that person's success
  • Describe the set of circumstances that led this person's success
  • Describe why you perceive them to be successful

Outcome 1



Project 2:
  • Research a 'successful' MUSICIAN from the past or present (Mozart, Wynton Marsalis, Eric Clapton, Ari Rudiakov, Sting)
  • Create a list of personal qualities/characteristics that led to that person's success
  • Describe the set of circumstances that led this person's success
  • Describe why you perceive them to be successful

Outcome 2



Project 3:
  • Create a list of personal qualities/characteristics that were the same for both people in project 1 & 2
  • Were there similarities between each person's set of circumstances that led to their success?

Outcome 3



Project 4:

List the personal qualities, characteristics and circumstances that define the following guests as 'successful':
  • Kelly Moore (Music for Mankind/Composer)
  • Travis Dobson (Trombone)
  • Ken & Julie Olsson (Singers)
  • Brett Grigsby (Guitar)

What attributes did ALL guests have in common?

What qualities, characteristics and circumstances do you believe YOU possess to be a successful person/musician?

Outcome 4