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On the 'Music Mindset' Podcast, Concert Pianist and award winning teacher and entrepreneur Carmen Morin shares actionable insight and tools to support both students and teachers pursuing music education. The gift of musical expression has the power to become one of life's greatest joys, and formal musical training as a discipline is very unique in the way it develops a unique set of tools that students can use to unlock their potential their potential in many areas of life. _Carmen Morin made her orchestral debut as soloist at the age of ten in Calgary, Canada. An award winning concert pianist and pedagogue, she was inducted into the Steinway and Sons Teacher Hall of Fame in New York (2019); and was awarded first prize with her piano duo partner, Dr. Lana Henchell, at the 2018 Coimbra World Piano Competition.Carmen passionately combines her love of the arts with entrepreneurship. She leads a collaborative team of nearly 40 faculty and staff in her role as Owner and Executive Director of Morin Music Studio in Calgary, Canada which is one of Alberta’s largest and fastest growing private music education facilities.

Music Mindset: Mastery and Motivation in Education Carmen Morin

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On the 'Music Mindset' Podcast, Concert Pianist and award winning teacher and entrepreneur Carmen Morin shares actionable insight and tools to support both students and teachers pursuing music education. The gift of musical expression has the power to become one of life's greatest joys, and formal musical training as a discipline is very unique in the way it develops a unique set of tools that students can use to unlock their potential their potential in many areas of life. _Carmen Morin made her orchestral debut as soloist at the age of ten in Calgary, Canada. An award winning concert pianist and pedagogue, she was inducted into the Steinway and Sons Teacher Hall of Fame in New York (2019); and was awarded first prize with her piano duo partner, Dr. Lana Henchell, at the 2018 Coimbra World Piano Competition.Carmen passionately combines her love of the arts with entrepreneurship. She leads a collaborative team of nearly 40 faculty and staff in her role as Owner and Executive Director of Morin Music Studio in Calgary, Canada which is one of Alberta’s largest and fastest growing private music education facilities.

    Finding CLARITY in Music Lessons

    Finding CLARITY in Music Lessons

    "A lack of clarity can put the brakes on any journey to success"

    Welcome to our very first episode of the Music Mindset Podcast!
    Clarity is so important when you are working towards ANY goal, but especially when it comes to deciding you’re going to learn something like a musical instrument.  Use this worksheet to develop awareness around the learning process. Put pen to paper and save your answers to be your ‘guiding star’ when you experience challenges or frustrations along the way.

    Download the Clarity Worksheet Here

    Reminder that it’s not just about listing the many benefits of learning music. This simple step can help to build an awareness of learning process is where you will start to cultivate tools and learning strategies that you can apply to all other learning. I have seen it support many students and families, so I hope you find it serves you well.

    • 22 min
    Limiting Beliefs - The TRUTH About Short Term Commitments

    Limiting Beliefs - The TRUTH About Short Term Commitments

    Welcome to episode 2 of the Music Mindset Podcast!
    As we move forward into our next episode we are talking all about Internal Limiting Beliefs. Like the Elephant tied to the Tiny stake with the tiny rope, our beliefs are POWERFUL when it comes to confining us.

    In this episode…


    We hear from our very first Podcast Reviewer (thank you to Jessica Erlendson!)Discuss the TRUTH about Short-Term commitments to Music Lessons (and all commitments, for that matter)Learn how powerful a long-term mindset is to your outcome. Did you know that “in a study that followed students in their outcomes on their instrument from age eight all the way to high school, they did a study where both groups practice the same amount of time each day. The group who had a long-term commitment mindset outperformed the group with a short-term commitment mindset by 400%!”Learn how to identify challenges that are rooted in FACT vs those that may be Internal Limiting BeliefsWork through our Limiting Belief Worksheet (below) to identify and examine your internal limiting beliefsDownload your Limiting Beliefs Worksheet Here

    Remember, this exercise is really not about changing anyone’s beliefs. What this is about is trying to identify and pinpoint where we might be getting stuck and how that might be impacting the way that we’re approaching our musical goals and our goals in all other areas where we may face challenges.

    • 22 min
    5 Mistakes SMART People Make when Starting Music Lessons

    5 Mistakes SMART People Make when Starting Music Lessons

    In this episode...In our first two episodes, we dug deep into mindset and exploring how and why we learn. Today we are discussing some more practical matters as I share 5 Mistakes that I see very SMART people make when they begin music lessons. In this episode we discuss:
    Do you really need an instrument when you begin?The ONE painfully simple step that 99% of people skip - this one action can save you from a long list of challenges down the road.How to figure out your 'WHY' to pursuing music lessons - hints and help can be found in Episode 1 of The Music Mindset PodcastWhat to think about when setting a goal, timeline or expectation around your learningThe importance of working with a framework in mind, and having the feedback of a (human) professionalI've created a checklist HERE that you can use to be sure you've built in a 'FIX' to each of these common mistakes.

    • 29 min
    Measuring Methods of Musical Training

    Measuring Methods of Musical Training

    In this episode...Welcome to episode 4 of the Music Mindset Podcast!
    In this episode...
    We are helping to clarify how you can measure a method of musical training. Whether your reality is that you are learning through an app, self-taught, or have the guidance of a formal teacher, it can be helpful to have clear guidelines to know what to measure to see if you're improving.
    Contrary to something like learning a sport (you can count the number of goals you make to see if you're improving) improvement in music lessons is not measured by the number of pieces you learn.
    Share the guidelines you can use to measure what is possible in any method of trainingDiscuss core principles that should be present in quality music training"Methods are many, principles are few!"What technical skill and expressivity can tell you about someone's musical trainingHow can we define education - is it a state of certainty or tools for inquiry?The ONLY place you should look for these areas to be demonstrated when choosing what's possible in any learning method or programNext week we are talking about one of my favourite topics - motivation. What is it? Where does it come from? and why do some people seem to have way more of it than others?

    • 18 min
    The Most Important Thing You DON'T Know About Practicing

    The Most Important Thing You DON'T Know About Practicing

    In this episode...Welcome to episode 5 of the Music Mindset Podcast!
    Today I am talking about a topic that I am MOST passionate about. You might think it must be a certain composer, a style of music, or performing...those things are all passions of mine, but none of them would be possible if I didn't actively study and learn about this topic - PRACTICE.
     
    Join me in this episode, as we discuss:
    Why all practicing is NOT created equal.Understand why practicing in certain ways can actually make you WORSEWhat is the core mechanism that we have to harness for practice to become effectiveUnderstand why most people never actually experience a representation of their true potentialLearn how you can apply this understanding to build ANY skill or character traitThe Principles taught in the Piano Foundation Formula ProgramAs discussed, here is an image of a Myelin Sheath, insulating a neural pathway:



    I will dive deeper into unpacking this topic in the next episode, but if there is ONE thing that I want you to fully understand about what happens when you practice, this is it!

    • 24 min
    5 Signs your Need to 'Keep it Fun' may be Taking the JOY out of Learning an Instrument

    5 Signs your Need to 'Keep it Fun' may be Taking the JOY out of Learning an Instrument

    Welcome to Episode 6 of the Music Mindset Podcast!

    Anytime we have new students joining our programs, we always like to ask them one very simple question: "Why do you want to learn a musical instrument?"

    Each answer might be as unique as each individual student, but a very common response we hear is "I just want to keep it fun."

    This is a wonderful intention, but raises the discussion: What might we be setting ourselves up for if our top priority is to "keep it fun". 

    In this episode we talk about:


    What happens to your mindset when your priority is to avoid feelings of discomfort in the learning process? The focus training done in Piano Foundation Formula programMusic brings so much joy, fun and connection - but is it right to expect the learning process to bring these feelings every step of the way?The 5 signs that your need to 'Keep it Fun' may be taking the joy out of the experience5 Action Steps to embrace and value all aspects of learning and building your musicalityThis free worksheet can be used by teachers, students and parents to explore your mindset if ever you are feeling like your learning is not as 'fun' as you expected: CarmenMorin.com/episode6

    • 23 min

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I love the podcast and find it very informative -I wish that it was a weekly podcast. Also, it would be nice to see a podcast on how to practice. What are the elements of a good practice. We hear a lot about it’s important to practice, it’s a good discipline to play the piano, practice consistently, piano study has a lot of benefits. But it would be nice to hear tools on how to move forward quickly or quicker in a piece by correct practice.

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Here’s what you don’t know about music lessons that could be hurting you.

Have you ever tried to learn something and felt like you just aren’t making progress? You push and push and push for improvements but just get stuck. I have been there. I’ve studied music for about 20 years and am JUST NOW DISCOVERING that knowing how and what to practice are only parts to effective . The missing element I wasn’t aware of was my mindset. I’m not joking. 20 years of experience and I’m just now discovering that. If I could go back Andy fix one thing about my playing, and instill one lesson before I knew anything else about scales or arpeggios, it would be this, “how do I master my mindset?”
It’s something that is not addressed in lessons until much later. Here’s why:

If you are new to music lessons they go something like this and if you’re a veteran this should ring true - Show up, get shown how to read and perform the music, go home and practice. It’s that basic. If you have a great music teacher, they will often inspire you and nurture your talent. They will do what they can to make you enjoy the process. But they are usually limited by the allotted time (usually 30min - 1 hour) that is better served addressing things like accuracy of notes and interpretation. Lessons rarely extend into what this podcast is attempting to do. That’s why this podcast has extreme value from the first episode. It attempts to tackle something that if learned early, will enhance the music making process drastically.

Carmen is earnest and offers great content from the get go. I’m sure as the podcast gets more traction, she will share more insights that can help parents, students and seasoned professionals tackle issues they never knew they had.

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