How do you set up goals for yourself as a musician? Goals are very difficult to determine for yourself, but here are some things you can consider when creating your goals.
Who would you model what you want to be after. In other words, what kind of musician do you want to be. If you had to pick an artist that plays what you want to play, who would that be. Who is inspiring you to play your instrument.
Sometimes it could be someone you know. What style of music do you want to do, Classical, jazz, rock, pop. Do you want to play in your house only by yourself, or play for family and friends, or do you want to play live in front of an audience. If you want to play live, what is it you want to do, play solo, in a rock band, a jazz band, originals … etc.
Once you have determined some of those goals, then it is time to think about how to get there. Here are some ideas to get you there.
Do you need a music teacher? What kind of teacher do you need? I would find a teacher that does what you want to do already. Find a teacher that has a lot of experience teaching. The teacher may be great at playing, but maybe not good at teaching. Do you need to learn how to read music? Do you need to learn how to play chords, or songs, or theory?
Once you have some of these goals determined, it may still be hard to see what will happen in a year. That will depend on how much you practice, how fast you learn and how narrow your goal is. You can make goals at the beginning, but you really have no idea how long anything is going to take, so you should be prepared to change your goals as you are going along.
I think the best way to set your goals is in this order.
1) lifetime goal
2) 5 year goal
3) 1 year goal to get there
4) monthly goals
5) weekly goals
6) daily goals
Here is a list that you can work from
1) What kind of player do you want to be?
2) What kind of music?
3) How do you want to play? Live, alone, with family and friends
4) Do you need a teacher? How do you find one?
5) List your playing goals
Working backwards will keep you focused to where you want to go. If you do not know where you are going, you will not know how to get there.