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  • Writer's pictureIona Catherine

What is musical success?

"If you are loving it, then that truly is musical success"

Musical success can be defined in many different ways. To me, it has everything to do with joy.

Musicians might define success by the number of gigs they play, their reputation, or the name of their record label. Scholars often define success in this field as publishing articles or other original works on their research. The general public might include a measure of fame or popularity of an artist when defining musical success.

To some, musical success means selling millions of copies of an album and hearing your songs on the radio all the time. However, for others it can mean playing for local venues and having a small but loyal following.

It can be defined as the achievement of commercial success and critical acclaim, which in turn may lead to financial wealth. To other musicians, success simply means being able to make a living playing music.

Evidently there is an abundance of ideas and opinions on what it means to be “successful” in the arts, and these definitions are constantly redefined.

But to me, I think true success has very little to do with all of the above. To me, success is first and foremost about the heart. Do I enjoy the process of what I am making? Am I joyful in making progress with my music? Do I love the sounds I am creating? If, on the whole, the answer is yes, then that is musical success to me.

YES money can come into it, or gigs, fans, fame even. But in the end, none of that matters if you aren't enjoying the music itself.

This is what I tell all of my students every day. It doesn't matter if it is your first time picking up a violin, or if you have been writing songs for years. If you are loving it, then that truly is success at its finest.

Thank you for reading. If you would like any musical guidance for violin, songwriting, composition, or music production then do contact me here at I would love to hear from you.

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