It's February. We all know the holiday associated with the month. Valentine's Day is all over advertisements. Cards and candy canvas the stores while other gifts color hearts with appreciation. One of the most common gifts is jewelry. Many pieces will have valuable diamonds. A diamond is made through intense heat and pressure over an extended period of time. That knowledge is somewhat known. It is what happens after the creation that inspires the topic of this blog. The process known as diamond cutting. As I study the skill I can see similarities between this type of work and that of an instrumental specialist.

1. The goal of the diamond cutter is to do away with imperfections without lessening the value of the object. That's my goal as well.

2. The diamond cutter's tools are very specific and takes training to use them effectively. I find it interesting that "only diamond can cut diamond." How do you think this idea lends itself to music instruction?

3. The facets shaped into the diamond are designed to reflect light. I enjoy the look of a brilliant diamond (guess that's the Leo in me). When I work with a client I want to ensure that the brilliance of the musician shines through along with their inner light so that everyone can see and appreciate the hard work in preparation that has been done.

4. How a diamond cutter proceed depends on the condition of the diamond. The solutions to fix one may not apply to another. Same when developing musicians. Everyone is different.

5. Diamond cut quality is graded with clarity and color in mind. The ability to teach effectively requires a certain type of personaliy. In addition to that, one must ensure that the instructions in the process are clear. With those standards in mind, it's possible to shape a quality diamond of a musician.

The last facet to shaping a diamond would be practice. A diamond cutter requires practice to perfect his craft. In the area of music, the diamond itself must devote many hours of practice to cut away the imperfections present from day to day. I believe we all must work to achieve that. Only a diamond can cut diamond. We can all strive to encourage and improve from day to day. I love what I do. I love learning to better myself as a diamond and diamond cutter. I love working with all of my clients. It's a gift I get to give and receive all year long. Thank you all!