A balanced approach to sharing information and encouraging individual exploration and development will allow the student to understand where music is, and help shape where it is going. It is also important to have a grounding in where music has been. Analysis of C20th popular music, when combined with practical exploration of compositional modes, allows the student to be at the forefront of new music.
The emerging musician must be competent in many fields. An instrumentalist working in a professional environment is expected to be able to execute many different styles of music convincingly. In a learning environment, it is important to explore and develop diversity in approach to performance. Practical exploration of different styles is essential if a musician expects to be able to carve a career as a performer or composer.
Professional practice is also intrinsic to success in the music business. Understanding which fields are open to the musician will allow for the creation of a career path.
Looking toward future trends, the successful musician must be well informed and equipped to be on the cutting edge. Technological facilities must be developed so that the student can grasp what they need to succeed; stimulating the correct attitude towards performance, composition, production and change will promote this development.