As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time to make plans to seize the new year! If you’re looking to make music a priority for the new year, check out our recommendations for a more musical 2013:
1. Listen to indie music
If you’ve found yourself in a musical rut, expand your repertoire by finding some new influences. Spin the dial on your radio away from the usual suspects and explore your local independent, college or classical radio stations. Hit the web for programs like NPR’s WorldCafe, All Songs Considered and Sound Opinions - all great places to hear new music. And remember, whatever your taste, there’s a blog out there for you. EcoSalon created a solid list of music blog recommendations - check it out.
2. Support live music
At least a handful of your favorite musicians will play a venue near you this year. Moreover, there are tons of musicians you haven’t yet heard who need your support. Whether you’re checking out touring bands or local performers, be sure to get acquainted with your local music scene!
3. Share your favorites
Love music? Make sure your friends know! Its easier than ever to share the artists and songs that make your heart sing. Tweet them, post them, pin them, add them or upvote them. Keep your friends up to speed by curating your own Spotify feed or SoundCloud profile. Get social with music and share the love! We'd love to hear from you too. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google Plus.
4. Learn something new
Whether you’re starting at square one or continuing on with an instrument, be sure to challenge yourself. Try something new. A different style. A new song. An advanced technique. Don’t forget, people. Practice makes perfect! And, if you need assitance along the way, be sure to connect with a good music teacher.
5. Train for something
Take a note from the runners out there who train for everything from a 5K to a marathon. Set a goal for yourself and make it happen. Is there a recital in your future? An opportunity to solo at your church? Have you always wanted to make a recording of your work? Whatever your goal may be, make sure you set yourself up for success by using your resources. Online music lessons with a professional instructor just might get you where you want to go.
Make music your social cause this year. The world could use a more musical 2013.
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