Class Description: Keys to Optimal Learning for Musicians

Purpose of the Class:

Everyone understands that in order to get good in music you have to practice, but what exactly do we mean by "practice"?

Most musicians rarely, if ever, think about that, and yet Stanley says it's the key to everything. In his own words: "We need to define practicing because a good definition leads to a good method and a good method will put the keys to the kingdom right into your hands."

Before this class is over you will know what true practicing is and how to do it right, regardless of what it is you intend to learn.

Who Should Take This Class:

It's for all musicians—all instruments, all styles and all levels of skill.

What You Will Learn:

• Exactly what practicing is and how it relates to actually making music.
• What is the most important thing you need to keep in mind when designing your learning plan,
• How to minimize mistakes while practicing so they don't come back to haunt you on the bandstand,
• How to minimize distractions and other roadblocks and how to deal with them if they occur,
• How to achieve and maintain maximum efficiency,
• How to keep striving for excellence without ever falling into the self-defeating trap of perfectionism,
• How to program success into your mind on a subconscious level,
• How to take stock of all the resources available to you and how to both protect and enhance those resources,
• How to engage every aspect of your being in the learning process—body mind and spirit,
• How to find your true passion and connect (or reconnect) on the deepest levels to your true reasons for making music,
• How to connect your music-making to a deeper understanding of who you are and your purpose in life.

Admittedly, this is a lot to cover in 3 hours! But Stanley Jordan has been teaching this class for over 15 years and he has distilled decades of experience and insights into a very compact and understandable presentation.

During the class Stanley drops many pearls of wisdom, such as these:

"Ask yourself why you play. The better the reason, the better the music."

"The key to perfecting your practice routine is to stop focusing on what to practice because you probably already know that. Let's focus on how to practice."

"In learning there is a sweet spot—it's that point where you're pushing yourself as much as you can without pushing too much. Once you know what it's like to be in that zone, and how to stay there, then you're pretty much set for life—you won't need me anymore."


A lot of theory went into the development of Stanley's method, including Ken Wilber's Integral Theory, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Cognitive theories of learning. But Stanley has distilled all this deep knowledge into a concise and very understandable presentation that can help musicians in every aspect of music-making and can even be applied to other fields besides music!


Many people have already benefitted from this class. Some even report that this class was life-changing. Stanley Jordan says, "I'm very pleased but actually not surprised because this is all the stuff that was life-changing for me."

Here’s what Michele, a surgeon, had to say after talking this class:

“The practicing [class] that Stanley gave was phenomenal. I had a greater comprehension listening to him for five minutes than I have gained from decades of study. It was a remarkable experience to be allowed a glimpse into the mind of this brilliant, compassionate musical genius.”

And this from recording artist Joe Pagano:

"It is never too late to begin learning from Stanley's decades of wisdom. My dad just turned 79 and we attended the [class] together. The [class] represented a new beginning for both of us around our understanding of the inter-relationship between life and music making and how to get the most out of our practice time."


Some things to think about before the session:
• What are you working on musically?
• In what areas of music could you use some additional tools to accomplish your goals?
• What aspects of music are giving you the most difficulty?
• What do you want to learn from Stanley?
• What do you want to do with the knowledge and skills you gain by studying with Stanley?
• Optional: There may be time for Stanley to hear you play and give you some feedback. If so what would that selection be?