Music Education Should Be A CORE Subject

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david on stageSo…I keep on writing and talking and thinking and dreaming and talking……yadayadayada…. about Why I created David’s Music House. Well, that isn’t about to stop any time soon.

I read article after article about research and evidence being confirmed every day about the Power of Music. I will spend many more hours, days and weeks raising awareness of the VALUE of Music Education.

Our public and even most private school systems focus so hard on what they deem as CORE or important subjects. What boggles my mind is the trivial importance most educational systems place on Music and the Arts. This issue is actually become worse as recently “someone” decreed a huge push to concentrate on taking test and even learning how to take tests, as “they” strive to raise test scores because of comparisons to other areas and countries because our county is falling behind in these comparisons. Yet, so many new innovative ideas are coming from students who were so called, “failures of our education system”. This mindless effort is driving a bad educational system deep into a bottomless abyss which will make it even more difficult to remedy and in the end will not improve who these students become.

The issue in our schools is that the focus is being placed on the systems, tests and results instead of the PERSON and their potential to create and innovate and to find solutions of the world’s major problems…for the benefit of everyone!

Music and Art Education directly relates to the development of the SELF, the individual and the potential of each person. Placing Music and Art education at the center of the CORE of learning will give students potential and power to be whoever they want and to do whatever they desire. This will become how they work and learn at everything else. In addition to this Power of the Self, Music Education actually develops our brains. This is shown in research studies more and more, all the time. Physical changes occur to the brain when exposed to Music.

What we all do at David’s Music House is EVERYTHING and ANYTHING we can think of to provide an environment where students are exposed to all things Music. I never felt a reason or purpose in my early school years to what was being taught, and that was in the 1960’s. Music is what turned on the lights in my brain, because it connected with me, as a person. Music gave me a pathway to connect socially with others and to find my own self worth. This is always going on, giving young students real purpose and a way to find what they can really do in all things in life. Watch this video of a great example of this:

Video Published on Apr 27, 2015 – The San Diego Youth Symphony’s Community Opus Project, one of many music education programs sponsored by The NAMM Foundation, helps to introduce at-risk youth to the benefits of music making. Seventh grader Bruno Bello shares how this El Sistema-inspired program has changed his life…and they way he sees his future. Bruno has been a student since 2010.

David’s Music House is here to CHANGE and raise awareness of the VALUE of Music Education and in doing so, we will take one student at a time,  one day at a time, one month at a time and year after year, until we can CHANGE how Music Education is VALUED and brought to becoming the foundation of all learning.

“I refuse to limit my imagination of the impact that my passion can make Music a higher valued part of everyone’s lives. If I believe I can change the world…..I CAN!” – David Lindberg

Peace & Love…

David

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Spoken Words Can Change You and Your Success

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david on stageThere’s a saying that goes… “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you”, sometimes said by parents to their child to help them deal with bully name calling. Parents were trying to tell their children to walk away and don’t let what bullies say bother them, because they’re only words. The truth is that words spoken out loud can indeed hurt, not only emotionally, but physically as well. They can also change your life for the better.

Say something negative, out loud. Then pay attention to how you feel inside. Now, say something positive, out loud. Now how do you feel? I have read a good many articles about this. I think we’re all pretty sure that thinking negatively makes us feel bad and the opposite is true about thinking positively, but if you want to really make a change in how you physically feel, then actually speaking positive words out loud can change and affect your physical well-being. If you want to know how your life and health will be in the future….pay attention to your words being spoken.

I have been trying to train myself for months now on this process and I can feel the difference. Speaking lists of good things about yourself will build your confidence and emotional feelings inside. Many public speakers use this method to warm up before a speaking engagement. Just think about the logic of this and it makes sense. How would you expect a person to behave generally if all you ever heard them say was negative words. You may know some people like this and you most certainly don’t want to be around them. Logically, it just makes sense that we generate how we feel, physically, by the words we choose to speak. When your driving and someone pulls out of a side street, dangerously, right in front of your car, do you just think bad thoughts? No, we say the words out loud and we give strength to how angry we feel, along with all the additional stress that high anger brings to our bodies. It’s NOT a good thing to increase our stress!

When running your own business, you will always face challenges.
  • Are your employees giving the best customer service possible?
  • Is your staff on board the mission of your company?
  • Are you, as the owner, leading everyone toward your mission and success?
When we speak about these processes in our businesses, in a negative sense,  we are NOT doing anything to help ourselves. The point is, the words we speak out loud become physical reality, and thus, how we feel inside and therefore how we live. The key to learn is that saying positive words out loud will do the opposite. They will make us be happier, live better lives,  and become more successful.

I for one, choose to train myself, everyday, to stop this lifelong habit of allowing negative thoughts to become reality by speaking them. I choose the logic of speaking good words. I choose to give voice to positivity, happiness and success.

If you own a business, choose to say:
  • I will solve every issue to a better process.
  • Our customers will be given the best service.
  • I will continue building the best team.
  • I will provide an atmosphere of good purpose and services that make customers better off for coming.
  • I will succeed in my purpose and therefore become a lender and not a borrower.
  • I will make the world a better place.
  • I will succeed!

Other news in ‘da House…

“Student Showcase Concert Series” & “Community Under 18 Open Stage”

Note that for everyone’s clarity, we are separating our 2nd Wednesday of the month events into two sections.
Our DMH Teacher hosted “Student Showcase Concert” will begin at 7:00 PM and will continue for as many students who are performing that evening.
AFTER the student concert is over, we will begin our “Community Under 18 Open Stage”. Generally this will begin around 8:00 PM or after the student concert has finished. So anyone wanting to perform for the Open Stage, should come around 7:30 or 8:00 PM.
There are some RULES for the Open Stage:
  • NO instruments will be provided.
  • Performers must bring their own instruments.
  • We do provide a sound system, microphones, and a keyboard. Electric guitars and electric bass will ONLY be permitted to plug into our sound system.
  • NO amplifiers are permitted.
  • Any groups or bands of more than 3 members MUST CALL AT LEAST A DAY BEFORE AND MUST HAVE APPROVAL FROM DAVID TO PERFORM. No bands will be permitted to come the night of the event to perform without pre-approval of David.

“Summer Camp News”

We are putting all of your NEW 2015 Summer Camps together and we will be announcing all of that information in May. We know that families are making plans for the summer including vacations and other activities, so we will be getting this VERY COOL music camp info out to you all PRONTO ,so you’ll be sure to fit your DMH Camps into your summer of FUN!

Some of the ideas we are putting together involve some Rock, Broadway, our favorite Total Music Experience Camp and a Recorder Camp for those about to begin music in elementary school in September, so you’ll be ahead of the curve and ready to go!

Stay Tuned!!!

As usual, I have to continue to thank ALL of our DMH Families for choosing David’s Music House for you Music House and for spreading the word about what we do here.

Love & Peace,

David – President

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How Do I Spell Success…Helping Others

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 So as I continue to see this creation I call, David’s Music House grow, I make myself pause and think about what growth should actually mean as a business owner. I never started a business with the idea of “what will make me the most money”. I began with “what do I love the most and what do I want to accomplish?” I just knew that if I followed these principals, it would indeed succeed. I have never owned or started a business before in my life and I am well aware of the lack of business knowledge I have compared to so many who start their own business. I also know that every so called “business expert” started out knowing nothing as well. I acknowledge that two important reasons I am experiencing success when so many fail in the first couple of years and they are: 1. my age and 2. faith.

I say age because I have been an introvert who lacked confidence nearly all of my life and I certainly never thought I would be able to start a business as I have. Yes, I had wishes and dreams, but they were just that. They were no more than…”wouldn’t it be awesome to…” Age gave me the wisdom and literal years to be able to look back and see the amazing things I have accomplished. This continues to give me the knowledge that I can do anything I want to do as long as it’s an ingrained passion. Age also gave me the ability to make connections with some very smart business people over the years and most importantly, money saved. Yes, some of this money was for retirement years, but as we all know, retirement is more of a myth in our current times, plus I think it’s better to not actually retire, but continue to do good work in the form of something that helps others. I believe this equals a longer, happier life.

 I say Faith because I know that just being “me” and finding confidence was not enough to start such a business and see it succeed. That, comes with focus and believing that God, angels, family and friends ALL support and fill me with the drive and passion I need, as well as knowing that I have all this LOVE to catch and lift me up, no matter what happens. This provides a strength like nothing else! I know that everything I am capable of, comes from every single event and person I have encountered throughout my life. Whether the experiences were positive or negative, they all made me who I am, at this moment, right now.

 When I put this all together, along with knowing that STOPPING = FAILURE! No one has ever succeeded when they stop trying. The miner who stops digging just short of the gold will never see the rewards. Some of the most successfull people become so because they don’t even envision stopping!

 Success never comes from sitting and counting the rewards. It instead continues and grows from the action of giving and helping others find their way to success. Taking one’s rewards and using them for the happiness of others is the KEY to all the fulfillment and happiness anyone needs. To see the fulfillment of other’s dreams, in indeed the way to spell success.

 As always, I thank each and every one of you for reading, supporting and spreading the word about David’s Music House. “I’m on a mission of changing the world, one person at a time…through the Power of Music”

Peace and Love,

David

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I’m on a mission…

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david on stageNot quite like the Elwood Blues quote, of the band from Saturday Night Live, The Blues Brothers…. “I’m on a mission from God”, (a bit more literally than The Blues Brothers)…  I realize more everyday that what I’ve created in David’s Music House is a philosophy or pathway of teaching something more than how to play a musical instrument. I’m actually on a life’s mission to help teach others how to be amazing with their God given gifts, but to also be humble, kind people….through the power of Music. My earliest personal memories are of a bewilderment of why anyone would want to be mean or hurtful to another, when it’s much easier and rewarding to be kind to others. I have, and continue to be, both dismayed and amazed that this will likely always be the case.

Music has always been an emotional and soulful connection to joy and happiness for me. It connects and envelops me with every emotion, from sadness and deep reflection to extreme joy and high energy. Through the magic of music, it is my dream to fulfill a larger purpose of instilling humility and kindness into what occurs at David’s Music House. Toward this purpose, we have adapted a slogan of “The Lesson Room is only the First Step”, meaning we begin teaching how to play and instrument or use one’s voice, but our teachers also become Music Mentors to our students. They also work together, as a team with a higher singular purpose of instilling as much mentoring as is possible, to ingrain performance characteristics such as looking at an audience, listening to other musicians they perform with, making sure their instrument “blends in” with the others rather than trying to make sure they are the only ones heard playing or singing. Along with these performance traits, a natural inheriting of humbleness will also become a part of each student’s learning. Using the amazing power of Music to connect to the soul, along with a mentoring process of humility will hopefully bring more people into the community who will do good things. THIS….is the real agenda behind everything we do at David’s Music House.

We encourage parents and members of the community to become more involved in their children and insure that Music is a high priority in their development process. Week after week, I continue to discover news articles about studies that are finding more evidence of how extremely important it is to have our young children learn and participate in music. The bounty of character building and mind development derived from learning music from an early age is so worthwhile that a strong, yet supportive parental investment is absolutely necessary to our future generations. Nothing but good can come from bringing music into a child’s life….to them and to all the world. Let it be a mission of all of us.

Thanks so much for all your continued support of what we all do here at David’s Music House. Please feel free to add your comments and feedback and I will reply.

Peace and Love,

David

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New Changes for 2015 – Focus on Performance

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Another New Year…..I still remember how incredibly hard it always was for me to go back to work after having the Christmas Holidays off. All the celebration and not having to drive to work early in the morning and dealing with gong back to “the grind”, would always leave me in a depressed slump for at least the first full week of the new year. Those were the days of frustrations of a job that I didn’t like for at least 20 years of the 21 years I was there. Now, I celebrate the holidays, take time to enjoy family and friends, reflect on the past year and awaken to excitement of lots of new ideas and plans to try to make David’s Music House even better at bringing more music and better musicians into our world. David’s Music House is all about doing EVERY THING we can to do Music Education better. For 2015, we will be focusing a lot more on “performance learning”. The DMH Coffee House Stage was built mainly for teaching, as well as a good place for musicians to perfect their craft. We have had a mission statement of “The Lesson Room is Only the Beginning”. This means just that…first comes the teaching of the instrument, but there is so much more to becoming a better musician. Anyone can learn how to play an instrument and play in their homes for themselves, but the main purpose of music is to “perform” for the listener. Music needs a landing platform or someone who is listening. This is often an overlooked aspect of music education, especially in private lessons. This creates many gifted musicians but many who are paralyzed with fear of performing before an audience, especially as a solo performer.Instead of the once or twice a year, formal recital type performance, that is the usual and expected step in music education, we will be bringing performance training on a more informal and consistent basis. We are changing our monthly under 18 Open Stage night to incorporate our “Student Showcases”. Each month, one of our music teachers will host and be preparing their students to perform at our monthly Student Showcase/Open Stage Night. Families will come to see their students progress at playing their instrument as well as the progress in performing on the stage, to an audience. Students will be trained on stage presence, using microphones properly, eye contact and speaking to the audience. This will give all of our students much more training on how to perform on stage. Additionally, our under 18 Open Stage provides a platform for any young musician a family friendly environment to explore becoming a musician.

Additionally, about once a month, we will be bringing in professional touring or local music performers and adding additional Student Showcases during the professionals intermission. This will provide stage training to the student but also allow them to meet and greet the professional artist to learn and be inspired by their talent.

These steps are just more aspects that make David’s Music House “A Total Music Experience” and the “Future of Music Education”.

All of the years that I have performed with various musicians have provided me with a keen sense of how much young musicians need to learn how to be good listeners and humble people. Being a musician is an ego trip for most of us and DMH is here to teach students the difference between enjoying your musical gifts and being so full of your talent. Nothing is more important than the “PERFORMANCE” and the “LISTENER”.

Thanks for supporting David’s Music House.

David

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Once Again, Time to Reflect and Refresh…

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david on stageDecember is such a busy and exciting time for us all. Often we become so focused on what we need to do that we forget what we need to focus on. Everywhere we look, everything seems to be about gifts and decorations. Christmas is the time to re-focus on our countless blessings of health, family, friendships and love. It is also a great time to remember others who are not as fortunate and to help in any way we can. Christmas reminds us that we are not the center of all things, but that we are all here for the purpose of giving.

I also like to use this time of year to reflect on the past year….what worked, what didn’t and how can things be better. One of the most obvious things I continue to discover as I get older…is that I have so much yet to learn…and the learning of it is what is so exciting!

One new aspect we will be doing next year is our student concerts. Currently, we have had some wonderful performances during the year, but I remembered how I used to think of “recitals” as both a student and a parent and how I wanted David’s Music House to do this better. Occasional student “recitals” do not serve the greater purpose of learning how to perform. Although they do present the experience of performing on stage, the greater thing they do is prepare one or two songs that must be learned and end up causing so much stress, as the time comes for each student to perform at this once or a couple of times during the year performance. As a musician, a learning student and a parent of a student, I have NEVER thought of this as real performance learning!

So….for 2015, we will not have these occasionally, larger student concerts, as we have in the past. All of our DMH teachers will be bringing their students to perform at our Monthly Open Stage/Student Showcases. Teachers will be preparing students as part of their lesson times, on how to perform on stage, by teaching them how to speak to the audience, how to properly use a microphone, how to engage the audience. THESE are the skills that so many young musicians do not possess nor have they ever been taught.

There will also be more occasions to perform for audiences thought the year, such as partake in Student Showcases during our Professional LIVE Concerts, where students will perform during an intermission of a touring Independent artist. We will be holding other Special Performance Events which will be announced as they are scheduled. These may be Student Ensembles or Bands or performances with Teachers. The idea is to have our students perform more frequently and with more specific performance training so that they are not only providing a time to show their parents how well they are doing, but to insure that they become “experts” and comfortable with performing in front of people. Unless the goal is to forever perform alone, in their bedrooms, eventually what every musician learns is they are no longer playing music for themselves, but for the people listening to them. A musician without someone listening is like a tree falling in a forest….does it make a sound? :-)

As I always have said, “We do Music Education differently here at DMH. The Lesson Room is ONLY the FIRST STEP.” There is so much more to the Experience of learning and loving music than being instructed how to play an instrument. These other aspects are so over looked in music education today. Musicians do not know how to perform, play with other musicians, improvise or LISTEN and ADD to the whole performance, rather than be thinking all about what you are playing in your bedroom, with a video camera to put up on YouTube.

David’s Music House will ALWAYS change and find new ways to provide “A Total Music Experience” Keep reading the Newsletter for more exciting and NEW changes for 2015.

Let me end by first, thanking each student and parent who comes to and supports David’s Music House. I can not thank each of you enough for helping myself and everyone at DMH, for keeping us going and excited to bring more great musicians, music and people in the world to discover and realize, “The Power of Music” in our lives.

I want to wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!

Love yens guys!!!

David

 

PS – Please note the Review of our Music Lesson Policy in our December Newsletter.

 

 

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