While providing structure and direction is beneficial to an aspiring artist or athlete to master the fundamentals, control can be restrictive in terms of fostering creativity and encouraging growth. In order to develop, students must be liberated from routine in a rehearsal or a practice. Without this freedom, a student may become paralyzed by the inability to initiate, innovate and persevere. A coaching session with an adequate balance of instruction and flexibility provides a student with the skill set to succeed: the ability to recognize challenges, the aptitude to create solutions and the confidence to persist.
Byron Janis, the world famous pianist, acknowledged the necessity of independence when coaching a talented student in the Wall Street Journal editorial “Nurturing Creativity in the Next Generation.” To read the article, click here.