Ten Tips and Reflections from the Leaders of Healing Sounds of Music

WRITTEN BY: Kavita Israni-Winger, David Ngai, Jessica Wong, Tara Heschenowicz, Sandy Wang, Joanne Loi, Qianke Wang, Robin Liu, Sally Moy and Terese Pierre

  1. Always try to prepare for as many unexpected outcomes as possible when organizing an event. Have back-up plans!
  1. Have fun! Sometimes the performance or event won’t go your way; the important thing is to understand that things can always go wrong but still try to make the best of the circumstances. To have the opportunity to put on any musical performance is in itself a privilege!
  1. Be aware of other people’s needs. Performances go much more smoothly if you take the time to look around occasionally to see who needs help. At times like these, a few words of encouragement, an extra hand or any small adjustments.
  1. Make yourself available as a resource to those who are seeking help and guidance, especially those who want to improve artistic and musical. Making your contact information available if people have any questions can help ease stress and increase the bonds.
  1. Be perceptive, flexible and passionate! Know everyone’s needs and don’t be discouraged if things go wrong. Feel passionate about what you’re doing! Only your love for whatever you’re doing will motivate you.
  1. A little humility goes a long way. It is important to share the spotlight and to credit others who also deserve to be noticed, too, including those working in the background. These are the things that we often take for granted. Be sure to thank these members as well!
  1. Organization is the best way to show responsibility as a leader. Simple organizational tricks can help you in the long run while balancing school and other commitments. You can even build on organization by adding goal setting and personal project deadlines into your calendar.
  1. Showing initiative as a leader is important for motivating the team. Building a strong team culture can motivate the team to achieve its goals. Remember initiative can come in many forms, ranging from encouraging informal team meetings, to empowering individual ideas.
  1. Plan things ahead of time. Always leave enough time for events or activities so that you are ready when it’s close to the date. Planning ahead of time makes the group more confident and prepared to encounter problems that may happen during the events.
  1. We all participate in this group because we share a mutual passion. Although you may have to take certain measures as a leader to ensure things get done and deadlines are met, don’t get carried away. Your members are also your people and your friends; you were brought together not by administration, but by the same desire to help others through music.

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