AGAIN?… Another year has passed and it is hard to believe how incredibly fast each one seems to fly by. This was our third year of David’s Music House and we made it through a HUGE milestone in the life of a start up business, especially in about the worst economic times since The Great Depression! It just proves what I call “The Power Of Music”! Even in the worst of times, music will carry us, support us and provide focus and direction and even serenity.
So, as I do at the end of every year, I pause to reflect on what I have learned and how to put the experience to good use. This year is no exception. I will spend the end of 2013 first, enjoying special time with family and friends, and then coming into 2014 with fresh new ideas and services from David’s Music House for the community of music lovers
One NEW idea has begun to form and that is what I am calling our “Music PLUS Program”. This is actually a spinoff of our Music Therapy service. Music has so much POWER to influence and affect our emotions and lives. There is a lot of scientific data now to illustrate how music can affect our well being, emotionally and physically. Our Music PLUS Program will provide LIFE BENEFITS such as STRESS RELIEF, IMPROVE INTELLIGENCE AND MEMORY. This program will be launched in the first quarter of 2014 in various phases. The first being Music Therapy. We will have several events over the next few months to raise awareness and knowledge of what Music Therapy can do for anyone. Music Therapy is not just something clinical that uses music to help with a problem. It is rather a way to use music to improve social interaction and well being of anyone and there is no need to actually know how to play music. That’s the amazing thing abut music. You don’t have to know how to play music to enjoy the benefits.
I also have a story of great Inspiration that occurred this month. One of our adult students who decided to learn how to play the guitar is also a professional in the medical field. He asked if we could provide a method for him to sponsor a young gifted student to who perhaps can not afford to pay for music lessons. What an absolutely AWESOME heartfelt way to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. This also is inspiring me to find a way to offer such a Sponsorship Program through David’s Music House in 2014 so that other community members can sponsor other gifted young aspiring musicians to be able to realize their musical dream.
Stories like this and many others have been presented to me on my journey to make this world a better place….through The Power Of Music!
As always, I have to thank each and every one of you reading this article, for supporting David’s Music House and it’s mission to do everything we can to bring more music into this world….. and that’s always a good thing!
Please have a safe, happy and the most wonderful Christmas and New Year Holiday season.
David – President of David’s Music House, Inc.
Around a month ago
I am very excited to be part of David’s Music House and introducing music therapy to the community. Music therapy is an established and accredited profession that can have lasting effects on the clients it serves. It is a fun, creative way to allow people to express themselves and work towards goals that enhance their well being.
There seems to be some negative stigma attached to the word “therapy.” Therapy is something that makes life better. There is nothing bad about seeking or going to therapy. It’s there to give us motivation, guidance, and a little help. No matter who you are, we all need a little help sometimes. Broken leg? Physical therapy helps it heal faster. Going through a rough time? A counselor can help you see the light. Hurting back? Massage therapy feels great. Music therapy has many benefits as well.
Music therapy focuses on a variety of areas. It helps address social and academic needs in school aged children. It helps relieve stress for the busy mother, or help a grieving family member. It helps a person recovering from surgery to relax and manage their pain. It helps an elderly grandfather remember dancing with his wife, or someone with Alzheimer’s disease find their voice again…and so much more.
So, why music? Music is a great motivator. How many times has music helped you run that extra mile, or made a chore or that long commute a little easier? Or when you hear your favorite song on the radio, you can’t help but dance and sing along. Music is a universal language, spoken across the world and part of our every day lives. In our bodies, music activates different parts of the brain at once, connecting our speech, movement, and emotions. And finally, music is just a lot of FUN.
So how does music therapy help? Music therapy is practiced by a Board-Certified Music Therapist, like me! I have the training to know what kind of music to use, and how to use it. For each client, I work closely with the family to determine goals, and create ways to address those goals through music. I usually use guitar, piano, and percussion instruments with structured activities based around the client’s individual interests and needs. These activities include singing, playing instruments, creative improvisation, song writing, lyric discussion, story telling, and reminiscing. I often write my own songs to use with my client or group, so we can work on a specific goal at their level.
There’s so much more I can say about music therapy. I absolutely love my career as a music therapist, and have personally seen it help many people, in many areas of life. It is beneficial for all- from young children, to middle aged adults, to senior citizens. And all are welcome at David’s Music House! I offer free consultations for anyone interested or wanting to learn more about music therapy. Insurance reimbursement may be available. Just call or stop in! And be sure to save the date for our Music PLUS Program Fun/Info Night on November 14th at 7 p.m. It will feature our guest Ed Boas, a certified rythmic facilitator, who will lead us in an energizing drum circle that will have us all feeling the beat! Ed works with many organizations and corporations to build teamwork and social interactive rhythmic sessions. I will also be presenting on some of the aspects of our NEW Music PLUS Program and how it can benefit you, your loved one, and our community. Come on in! It’s a FREE night of FUN for the whole family.
I was working in my office at David’s Music House a few days ago and hearing some of the various lessons going on, many with beginning students and it occurred to me how caring and patient teachers have to be to do this day after day. Then I immediately thought of how AMAZING teachers are to be literally changing each one of these children’s lives and that ain’t no small thing to do in this life! From the teachers in pre-schools, to the high schools and to college years and beyond, teachers continue to dedicate themselves to our most precious resource….our future generations. Teaching is also a “gift” that not all teachers possess. We use the term “teaching” very loosely. Teaching can mean merely instructing someone on how to do something they did not know. The TRUE meaning of “teaching”, is to use tools of knowledge to awaken the mind of another, in order for the student to then use those same tools to change how we live on this planet or perhaps become teachers themselves.
In our current times of instant communication around the world, many are quick to give opinions on everything in a negative manner. Many people are just consumed in the mainstream media highlighting the complaints of the few toward everything and teachers are not able to avoid the skeptics looking for the bad apples in the bunch either. This generalizing and narrow scope of looking for the bad in the world never presents an accurate representation of the whole story. Teachers are our resource of the “transference of knowledge for our future”. Take a step back from following the crowd of naysayers and a few minutes to ponder about the importance of the teachers of your children when you send them off to school or music lessons and perhaps tell them how important you know they are. Thank them for choosing to use their “gift” of being able to give knowledge to your children.
I am very thankful for knowing and observing the wonderful teachers at David’s Music House. I will always insure that DMH teachers are here to go above and beyond to insure your children and all of our students are not only instructed in how to play or sing music, but also INSPIRED to realize the Power of Music and to go as far as they want. It is my hope that DMH students may possibly become Music Mentors themselves someday and become teachers that also go above and beyond for our future generations.
Thank you each for coming to and sharing what David’s Music House is doing in our community.
David – President of David’s Music House, Inc.
“Somebody’s Praying” is a song written by John G Elliott and performed by Ricky Scaggs is an amazing song and has so much meaning for me. A good friend, Brad Bendis, introduced me to this song and I have performed it several times at the House. I have felt the presence and guidance of my father, David A. Lindberg, “Big Dave”, almost from the moment he died, on December 21, 1989. The passing of my father became a new season of my entire life, as if I became a completely new person and I know it is because he became my guardian angel and continues guiding me every step of the way. The lyrics of the song include, “Mighty hands are guiding me, to protect me from what I can’t see. Lord I believe, Somebody’s praying for me. Angels are watching, I can feel them. Angels are watching over me….”
Many of you know that I often speak of my Dad starting me into music. He and my mother went to look for a player piano at a music store one day, when I was about 13 years old. The salesman sat me at an organ with some music note cardboard guides and a beginner song book and I was hooked. My parents had gone shopping at other stores in the plaza and came back about 2 hours later and I was still sitting there, playing the organ. They bought that organ that night.
My dad took me to my organ lessons every week, to recitals, to my classical pipe organ lessons in Oakland, bought a small organ when I started with some friends in a band, bought us a van to carry our equipment, bought a Hammond Organ B-3, Leslie speaker cabinets, PA sound equipment, found playing jobs for myself and the band, came and recorded us many times when we played….and on and on…. He was living his dream, through me.
When I faced leaving my corporate job of 22 years in 2008, I didn’t know if I should take that leap or not. My whole life was about playing it safe, not taking risks, but a voice inside kept telling me that if I stay the same, so will my life, and possibly fill my memories with regrets. I listened to that voice, and I have no doubt it was being guided by my Dad.
Over the last 3 years, although David’s Music House has always showed positive movement toward success, I can’t lie that it hasn’t been about the hardest thing I have ever done in my life! There have been several times when I didn’t know how I was going to keep it going, the many milestones of funding and at one point, when I had no idea what to do next, an angel came almost from nowhere and gave temporary financial support to get me through. Everything that has happened over the last 5 years has enabled the business to keep going and moving forward. Now, at my third year anniversary, I am seeing the signs of real success. I have known all along that there is only ONE WAY for this dream to succeed and that is to NOT STOP!!!
This month of October brought me a wonderful gift of a sign from my Dad, coming full circle. A good friend and great musician, songwriter and guitar player, Jim Lawrence, who comes often to our DMH Unplugged Nights, came this month with my Dad’s 1930 Gibson acoustic guitar, wonderfully restored. He played amazing, as he always plays and all I could think of was my Dad starting me in music and guiding me all of those years and I KNEW he was right there, in spirit, beside me, listening to his guitar, and telling me, “It’s all going to be great David. You are living my dream. You are making this work. I’m so proud of you!” and my eyes just began to flood without control. Thanks for a “priceless gift Jim.
Thank you DAD…….
YES… INDEED, THERE ARE ANGELS!
“ANGELS ARE WATCHING, I CAN FEEL THEM. ANGELS ARE WATCHING OVER ME……”
More than a month ago
Fall is here, officially as of September 21st, and what perfect Fall weather we have been experiencing for the last couple of weeks. What an amazing time of the year as it is also our 3RD ANNIVERSARY of David’s Music House! We are so THANKFUL AND EXCITED about what we have accomplished so far and what we have in store for the future! We’ll be celebrating all of October with surprises and ways to say “Here’s To You”, which is also the theme of our Fall Student Recital.
Our Fall Student Recital just took place on Sept 29 and what an amazing event it was as we feature our students doing what they do best! All students had a chance to say and wear an outfit that represents something unique about themselves. The theme, “And Here’s To You” is based off a wonderful children’s book by David Elliott. We’ll be posting pictures and some videos very soon on the website. The performance was also broadcast LIVE and is posted on Ustream.com which can be accessed by clicking on the Ustream icon in the top right corner of www.davidsmusichouse.com
We continue to grow larger as more and more of the community learns about “A Total Music Experience” from David’s Music House. We are looking to add more teachers to keep up with our student growth. This is a WONDERFUL problem for any business to have, especially as we approach our THIRD ANNIVERSARY.
Here are some ways we are going to celebrate all of October.
- We’re giving you FREE coffee or tea.
- During the anniversary week of Oct. 7 – 12, we will have sample pastries for everyone to enjoy.
- Every time you spend $1 at our Cafe, your DMH Cafe Rewards Card will be double punched, giving you more chances to WIN in our monthly iTunes Gift Card Drawing, plus for October, someone will WIN and iPod Shuffle!
David’s Music House opened on 10.10.10. It was the most perfect of times and the signs and efforts that brought it all together are almost beyond description. Here’s the short version – After 1.5 years of planning, 6 weeks of construction, planning a huge grand opening day of 20 different performers and bands playing both inside and in the Waterdam Plaza parking lot, on the ONLY non-Steeler Sunday of that year, having occupancy approval by the township only 2 days before the grand opening – and that’s the short version!
The last three years have seemed like they took forever and yet like they went by as a blur at the same time! Whew…. so many highs and lows of how to keep this dream going. What we have always been most grateful for is the steady stream of new students coming in our House and our BIG Living Room to discover what “all the buzz” is about David’s Music House. The South Hills Community continues to hear the good word and comments about what we do at DMH that goes far beyond instructing how to play instruments or sing. It is our mission to ensure that everyone in the community has a Family Friendly place to come and Learn, Develop, Explore, and be INSPIRED by The Power of Music!
Music is the universal language that binds all of us and all living things on our planet. Music goes far beyond sound as it affects our deepest emotions and even our physical health. Studies are proving more each day how music improves our brain health in learning and memory. Music does this from the very young to the very old. It reaches into our creative minds and induces growth and our future genius’ of humankind. Music communicates to plant and animal life to enhance and enrich life on our planet. Music is the Great Denominator that connects everything. It affects us even when we are not aware.
There is nothing that we can do that is has more potential and value than to listen, explore and play music. It can heal when science can not in both physical and spiritual ways.
THIS is why I created David’s Music House….as it is my firm belief that the more time we spend learning and listening to all forms of music, the more we will understand and appreciate how we are all connected and thus find how to live and help each other live in happiness and peace with one another.
These are high ideals, for sure, but never-the-less, real and attainable goals, if we help each other discover “The Power of MUSIC”.
I give thanks each and every day to each one of you who come to discover music with us at David’s Music House. We all benefit together, in the end.
How quickly the seasons, especially the nice ones…you know…without snow, seem to fly by. I actually drove through a bunch of leaves blowing to the ground on the highway the other day and it wasn’t even a windy, raining day! Actually, I LOVE the Fall Season, except for it leading into Winter. So let’s just enjoy the Indian Summer days ahead and the awesome colors of Fall! Western PA gives us colors of nature that are beyond description!
Fall also can actually bring more hectic schedules for families as the extra activities of music lessons are now dealing with lots of homework and other school related activities. It’s a good thing to stay busy, but all too often, parents find themselves getting their children back and forth to so many activities, as well as fitting in their own jobs and responsibilities, that it’s no wonder we are all so full of stress. I have TWO thoughts about all of this over-activity and stress. ONE – you can’t do everything, so stop trying. TWO – don’t make music and the arts one of the activities you stop.
We all know the importance of education in the success of our futures, so the most important activity we all need to value and support is EDUCATION! Keep you child focused on making their studies the MOST important activity. Something else we KNOW is that importance of MUSIC & ART, not only to our world, but there is concrete data that proves how being involved in music & the arts supports the mind and body. This will only enhance one’s success in overall education. People of all ages learn more and retain more by being involved in music and art.
David’s Music House can help you with increasing the VALUE of the benefits of making music a KEY component of you lives and the lives of your children. I say this over and over, but it is important enough to repeat. Any place that offers music lessons can instruct you on how to play an instrument. I did NOT create David’s Music House to do the same. We are here to do EVERYTHING WE CAN to help you LEARN, EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE the VALUE of MUSIC. I realized many years ago that it’s not just learning how to play an instrument or how to sing that rewards someone with the true benefits of music education. It is the WHY and the REASON, for learning and playing music that brings your awareness of what is the true POWER OF MUSIC! This is why is critically important that everyone at David’s Music House helps instill that spirit of WHY you are learning how to play or sing. Simply put…..”WE CARE MORE ABOUT MENTORING YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF MUSIC, THAN MERELY INSTRUCTING YOU HOW TO PLAY”
As you find yourself building stress and organizing your busy schedules of back to school and ending the summer vacation, we can help you lower that stress. Come into our BIG living room, relax in our comfy couches and chairs, have something warm from our Cafe while you are aware that you are giving your family the BEST VALUE in MUSIC EDUCATION around. We make sure your sacrifices of spending are well worth the BENEFITS & REWARDS for our students and the community.
Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your continued loyalty and for entrusting David’s Music House to provide a safe, family friendly and welcoming Community Center for everyone who loves MUSIC & THE ARTS!
David – President of David’s Music House, Inc.