We all know that to be skilled at anything, you have to practice. When we start learning a skill - in this case a musical instrument - we have never-ending enthusiasm and resolve. Then something else becomes a priority and our good intentions go to pot. In short, life gets in the way.
TeachTutti are always looking to take your practice to the next level and help you get as much as possible from lessons. This led us to GiveIt100, which was created by Karen X. Cheng.
Karen wanted to learn how to dance in a year. She began several times but never succeeded. To track her progress and stay accountable, Karen kept a video diary. At the end of the year, she made the video below.
This video went viral with over 4 million views. People were inspired by what Karen had achieved and she realised that she had created something others could relate to. It was then that GiveIt100 was born: an online community and supportive platform for others to accomplish their goals. The site has 40,000 users and growing, including a woman who has learned to walk again after being paralysed.
Karen loves the motivation and support that her online community gives. She believes this is what makes makes these accomplishments possible: "What really makes it come alive is what all our members are doing on it. Take, for example, the girl teaching her cat to use the toilet, the dozens of unicycle riders, or the man who learned to touch his toes in 42 days. The online community is extremely supportive."
How Do I Use It?
Lots of people use GiveIt100 to play music so we thought it was the perfect way to connect with others who are also learning. Follow the steps below to get started:
- Go to GiveIt100 and get inspired by what other people are doing for their projects.
- Sign up and choose the project you will do for 100 days.
- Take a short video of your progress everyday and upload it to the site. If you're shy, you can change the settings to hide your videos.
This post was updated on 02 Mar, 2022.
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I played in a youth orchestra as a child. It was great fun and very important to my development. I'm now a music tutor and encourage my students to play in a group. Some are quite nervous about playing with other people. To address this, I have written down the ways I benefited from playing in an ensemble.