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To a Sensitive Musician: Criticism is Your Friend

February 16, 2018

 

Have you ever felt like a musical monkey after a performance? There is Hope!

 

 

No one likes to be criticized, especially sensitive musicians!

Sensitivity can be both a blessing and a curse, On one hand, one will never be a great classical musician without possessing a deep degree of sensitivity. On the other hand, this very sensitivity, so necessary to interpret Bach or Schumann, can be our downfall when trying to deal with criticism, because every time we go to a private lesson or perform on a stage or audition, etc., we are laying ourselves open to criticism, which can lead to a gamut of emotions.

Be aware that unhealthy self-criticism may be more destructive than criticism from others.
 

As Christian musicians, how do we deepen the blessing and lessen the curse of our sensitivity?

 

Take note!  Separate the criticism from who you are, from your worth as a child of God, and even from your worth as a musician.

  • ​Ask the Lord to help you understand. He will never reject you!

  • Resist perceiving a mosquito bite as a nuclear bomb.

  • Do not dwell in a pity party.

  • Read hundreds of Bible verses about his comfort and strength; such as: II Cor. 5:7,    Is. 41:10, Phil. 4:13, Rom 15:13, Deut. 31:6, Jsh. 10:25, John 14:27 

  • Ask yourself how the criticism can help you?

  • What you can learn? How can you improve?

  • Share with a friend. (We've all been there.)

  • For extreme circumstances: (Before you throw your instrument off the Empire State Building)

    • Realize that emotional pain does not usually zap out of existence.

    • Healing is a process and the Lord’s timetable is not ours.

Trust in Him to hold your heart and guide you through. 

 

Also, take note that some criticism is given out of jealousy, spitefulness, or to tear you down. This is destruction to the criticizer; do not let their sin suck you into the pit. 

      

Some criticism is just thoughtlessness without ill intentions.  

     "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." 

 

Remember, much criticism is meant to purposefully help you. Accept it, and grow.

God is faithful and promises to help you. Really, it is His power working within us.

He can handle it!

 

Criticism is a Christian musician's friend.

Through it, our musicianship deepens, our trust in God deepens,

and our ability to forgive increases.

 

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