What’s Your Attitude Towards Learning?

Before any mode of learning becomes useful we must first discover your attitude towards learning. If you are familiar with Carol Dweck's work, you’ll know all about the Growth Mindset. At the end of this lecture, we’ll find out what mindset you have. But first, I’m going to briefly tell you why it is important to have a growth mindset and what a growth mindset is. Those with a growth mindset see themselves in a constantly evolving, changing and changeable state, capable of anything they put their mind to. They can take on challenges without fear, handle failures without suffering a loss in motivation and view effort as positive and worthwhile - enabling them to experience great joy and pleasure in the learning process. In fact, they are a process, moving through time, and all they care about is reaching the next step. I hope that from that explanation alone you're starting to see why I believe that this is such vital trait for learners. But what’s really important is the way you feel. It’s...
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Student Competition

Student Competition

As you know, I'm running a competition to collect testimonials and also to have a bit of fun. Anyone can enter, it's free and there are some cool prizes to collect.   Prizes: VR goggles 300 Dirhams A pair of signed drumsticks   How To Enter: Submit your video to me by 2nd June 2017 via Whatsapp, YouTube link, Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive, USB etc. In The Video: 1) Mention your name, age, how long been drumming 2) Give Results, what have we achieved together? What are your favourite memories around drumming? Tell a little story, and mention how it made you feel 3) Say what's the best thing about me in your opinion 4) Is there anything I can improve on? 5) Would you recommend me to your friends?   Make sure you speak LOUD and CLEAR, have good lighting and we can see your face well.   The Winner: Will be selected at random. All entrants' names go into a hat and one is selected at random. So I'm not judging the quality of the videos, OK. NOTE:...
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How Long Should I Practise? The Anti-Thesis

I would like to present an anti-thesis to the question ‘how much should I practice’? I’m sure you’ve been told to practise every day, and that you’ve heard stories of people who practice 3 or 4 hours per day. Well, have you ever been told not to practise? That’s right, never! – well I did say this was an antithesis. A certain group of educators believe that a student need not practise, not one bit. How can this be? Well there is good science to back up this theory. But let us first frame the conversation from the viewpoint of the common student. If you are indeed a drum student, then you’re probably just like every other student in the modern world. You’re learning because it’s fun, you like drumming, you had a certain curiosity around it and, one day, decided to give it a try. You don’t have huge ambitions of playing at Wembley Stadium or The Albert Hall, or dreams of being the next Ringo...
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