Achieving Mastery, with Ryan Guth and Stevie Berryman
Ryan and Stevie discuss ways choir directors can increase their grit and become masters in their field. Citing Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, they discuss what separates people who want to the be the best in their field from those who actually are. You’ll learn the 4 steps for deliberate practice that will help you progress rather than just put in time.
Highlight to Tweet: “Talent counts. But effort counts twice” – Angela Duckworth
“The work comes first.” – @steviebetweetin
- The people who succeed in music, or any endeavour, are the ones who are willing to do the work.
- Work sometimes involves risk. It rarely involves art. But the ones who work will succeed.
- Angela Duckworth defines GRIT as: sustained passion and perseverance for especially long term goals.
It is the hallmark for high-achievers in every human domain.
- Even if you were born with talent, you weren’t born an expert. Expertise takes skill over time.
- Talent x effort = skill
Skill x effort (over time) = achievement
- To increase your skill, you must put in deliberate practice.
Set a Stretch Goal — Focus 100% — Get Feedback –Reflect and Refine
- The Choir Nation Facebook group is a great resource for getting feedback!
- Time to set your stretch goal! Look for an accountability partner in the Choir Nation Facebook group!
Having spent most of his middle and high school career in detention, Ryan Guth loves to speak to audiences about ways for choral directors to engage the seemingly un-engageable.
Ryan learned fearlessness and indomitable spirit from a young age through many years studying the martial arts while also pursuing music – especially the time in middle school when he tried to break a board with his head in front his entire ninth grade class and failed spectacularly.
He believes the best choir directors face challenges head-on (no pun intended), are solutions-oriented, and take full responsibility forall aspects of their program. Ryan’s most popular and surprisingly positive article “Your Choir Sucks Because You Suck” was shared over 2,200 times in 48 hours, and has since become his manifesto, mantra, and the platform that his work was built upon.
Through his first podcast, Find Your Forte, Ryan connected thousands of weekly listeners with some of the most brilliant minds in choral music such as Helmuth Rilling, Patrick Quigley, Joseph Flummerfelt, James Bass, and 80-plus others. He recognizes the fact we become the best when we learn from the best.
Ryan Guth recently created the Choir Ninja podcast to share solutions with middle and high school choral directors so they learn to work smarter – not harder. That’s why he focuses on sharing what works in choral programs across Choir Nation in a way that makes running a great choral program approachable, fun, and rewarding.
When not dressing up in his ninja jammies or buffing his diploma from Westminster Choir College, Ryan is a high school choir director in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Before that, he spent a decade building a large middle school program and six-figure-choral-ensemble-based-for-profit-business in central New Jersey. He is also the founder and sole member of the Hyphenation Club of America.
Ryan enjoys getting lost outdoors with his beautiful fiancé, Amanda, and pitbull-lab Sasha. He also dislikes socks and only wears them when absolutely necessary. This bio was sponsored by Gold Bond Powder.
Stevie Berryman is shockingly good at video games. She can fold a fitted sheet so it looks like it came right out of the package. Likewise, her skills as music director and teacher have also been acquired through long hours of arduous and dedicated practice. For much of her career Stevie has directed seven or more ensembles each week, meaning she has 98 years of experience (in dog years). Her effusive energy and wild creativity found a perfect setting in 2013 when she became the Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Ringers, which has let her smash together her love for music, laughter, and tacos in a truly remarkable way. She has a particular passion for teaching children how to ring, and her innovative methods have made her a sought after educator at area and national handbell festivals. Stevie loves helping other choirs as a private clinician, or planning epic concerts for them as a creative consultant. Her next step in global domination is to take over the choral world, which is a side bonus of her job as Chief Awesomeness Officer at the Choir Ninja Podcast.
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
- Angela Duckworth’s TED Talk
- Planet Money
- Will Smith will not be outworked
- Stevie’s blog
- Choir Nation group on Facebook
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