Setting and accomplishing goals are very important to practicing musicians.  However, few musicians use a system to help them with this process.

A number of years ago my students were struggling with achieving their goals, and I was determined to help them solve their dilemma.

I looked outside the music world to find a process that could help them succeed.  What I found was the SMART Goals system.

The SMART Goals system was developed decades ago to help businesses assess and achieve their project management goals.  That seemed a far cry from what my students needed, but with some tweaking and experimentation this system has turned out to be just right for musicians.

Each letter in the acronym SMART stands for a property that your musical goals should have.

S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Risky

T = Time

If any one of these elements is missing, problems will occur when trying to accomplish the goal.

By giving my students a process to develop and analyze their goals, and by having them put these goals in writing, an amazing change took place:  they were able to have more musical success and to feel better about the process that made the successes possible.

This system actually changed how they use their practice time, and I encourage all musicians to include SMART Goals in their musical journey.

In later posts, I’ll go through each of the properties that make up the SMART Goals system.

7 Responses to “SMART Goals: Your Success System”  

  1. 1 Dan

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:

    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A Vision Wall (inspiring images attached to yor goals) is available too.
    Works also on mobile.

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