LJS 82: How to Set Game-Changing Goals for Your Musicianship

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Welcome to episode 82 of the LJS Podcast where today we have special guest Christopher Sutton, the founder of Musical-U, to talk to us about how to set game-changing goals for our musicianship. Christopher shares with us his MAGIC process for setting up result-oriented goals, and then go out and actually accomplish them. Listen in!

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When it comes to becoming a better jazz musician or musician in general, you have to have a plan. You can’t just walk into the process blind and hope for the best. Setting goals is one of the most powerful things you can do for your musicianship, and it happens before you even pick up your instrument.

In this episode, Christopher Sutton, the founder of the music education website musical-u.com, joins us on the show to talk about setting game-changing goals for your musicianship.

He shares his MAGIC process for setting goals, as well as his step-by-step process for actually accomplishing goals once they are set.

More about our guest

Christopher Sutton is a passionate musician and is dedicated to the mission of helping more people to feel confident in music. He is the creator of best-selling iOS app Relative Pitch, the leading ear training website EasyEarTraining.com, and the viral sensation ToneDeafTest.com.

His brand new podcast, the Musicality Podcast, is a show that focuses on different elements of musicality. He has guest music educators on the show to share their stories as well as music lesson episodes.

Get Christopher’s free handout!

Christopher has set up a freebie just for LJS podcast listeners. If you’d like more information on goal-setting, effective planning, and successful follow-through, please check out the videos for his  “Musical Success” Workshop, along with a handy downloadable cheat sheet recapping the major points.

In today’s episode:

  1. Christopher Sutton and his story.

  2. How to set your “Big Picture Vision” for where you want to be with your music.

  3. How to set a MAGIC goal.

    • Musical

    • Attainable

    • Growth-Oriented

    • Interesting

    • Clear

  4. The follow-through: how to practice towards your goals.

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Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publications “500 Jazz Licks” and “Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar.” To learn more, visit www.brentvaartstra.com.

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