By Wynton Marsalis

(from a PBS prodution about teaching art to children)

  1. Seek instruction
  2. Make a schedule
  3. Set goals – chart development
  4. Focus while practicing
  5. Relax, practice slowly, you can’t be in a hurry if you’re gonna get better
  6. Practice the things you can’t do – don’t rehearse your instincts
  7. Always give maximum expression- invest
  8. Don’t be too hard on yourself
  9. Don’t show off
  10. Think for yourself
  11. Be optimistic
  12. Look for connections to other things