competition is a natural part of life and survival. We are involved in it to some extent if we want to or not. We see it in the animal Kingdom, competition for mating and for food. But also in humans, but at different levels. Take for example a social gathering, like a party. Many compete to be the best dress, to have the best dish at the dinner, etc.
music is an area that has a lot of competition. It can be personal or they can be organized into events. The purpose of this article is to show the beneficial as the harmful aspects of musicians.
with events in music, there are many different types and levels of competence. International usually have age limits and number of rounds (stages). Normally, 150 auditioned artists of the world get selected in the first round and then it gradually narrows to approximately 6 finalists in the last round and then to third, first and second places. There are also specialized competitions, as of a particular instrument, to compose, professional, avocational, student, etc. Each of these contests has strict rules. For example, for piano four-hands, made piece must be written specifically for that and not transliterated from, say, orchestral.
participate in these competitions can be a healthy and rewarding experience for the musician. However, there are important to know to do this. First of all, must be competition of skill and comparable ability. You see this in boxing, where athletes are of the same weight class. Secondly, it is important to note that competition should be for the improvement and enrichment, as improving self-esteem, giving a feeling of accomplishment, etc. and not to increase the ego, showing jealousy or triumphant feeling the loss of others. The key to any competitor is equality and celebrating the differences and unique approach to each individual. This should be especially taken into account by parents of children who are students of music. The child should feel that it is as good as others and that its practice is to be rewarded for simply participating. Be selected to participate in any type or level of musical competence must be considered a matter already winner.
the judges decisions solely on their own points of view. Therefore, a selection is based on nothing more than opinion. The real victory is being there in first place and chance to showcase one another and say that they competed. Now, it can be money or prestige. This is fine. However, you should never question the personal integrity of the musician. One must compete for the right objective. It is necessary to also know that in many cases, some companies sponsor competitions (not only in music, but generally speaking) for the purpose of advertising their products and the winners could be chosen in nothing more than their market value to the company and its interests.
also, it should be noted that judging from misfortune generally is based on purely mechanical skill rather than aesthetic expression, so you can change the focus of a musician from what is really important as an artist and to become only a technical robot. Of course, the technique is important, for without it, one cannot show any musicality. However, it is not nothing but mechanical without real artistic expression there as your unit.
the musician must simply maintain their integrity as one at all times and be there for the right reason and really enjoy the experience.
the feeling of rejection is primary detriment with contests of any kind. Nobody likes to be rejected; on the contrary, they want to be at the top. I always say to my students that participate means that they are a winner, because being selected in the first place means that they have to work hard, and that a competition is nothing more than a showcase for their talents where present something positive and share with others, and see where it leads them. The key point is to have a forum.
the most important competitions, when musicians participate, should be focused so they practice hard in order to show their skills and talents. If they maintain this point of view that the contest is simply a forum for their music, regardless of the outcome, that will work hard and do better as musicians because they now have a game to show their talents and are played with more enthusiasm and have fun while does.