Creativity….It’s In My DNA

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david on stageI have always loved looking for a new or different way of doing anything! I can remember from a very early age following my Dad around and watching anything he did. My Dad was always into something, from home improvement projects to taxidermy (don’t know what that is? Google it :-). Dad would do home projects but always with a creative drive. He didn’t like having the same things every other house in the neighborhood had. Many homes had driveways in our neighborhood that were either gravel or cement where the tires drove into the garage with grass in the middle. Dad decided he was going to make the driveway all cement but he found a way of coloring cement so our driveway had a strip of green cement where the grass used to be. Dad also installed air-conditioning in our home way before anyone ever considered getting air-conditioning in homes.

Dad was known for having that creative flair even when he was very young. He was an avid hunter even as a teenager, but in those days, teenagers weren’t just given money for anything they wanted. If they wanted something, they had to find a way to earn the money. Dad also started doing taxidermy as a teenager, so he walked into the local hardware store and asked the owner if he would allow him to decorate his front window to display their hunting equipment, in exchange for hunting supplies he wanted. So the owner agreed and Dad used animals he had stuffed, leaves, tree branches and created an awesome display window and this was how he was able to get the hunting supplies he needed every year.

I definitely have the creative gene in my DNA. I’m always looking for better and creative ways to improve our “Total Music Experience”. Over the next couple of months, we will be migrating to a new scheduling software that will provide each parent/student their personal portal of communication with their teachers.

Beginning Soon – NEW Scheduling Software.

Some of the services this will offer:

  • Your personal webpage to view your upcoming lesson appointments
  • One place for teachers to post lesson plans, notes about music books needed, resources to help with practicing for you next lesson
  • Communications tool to your teacher
  • Email reminders about tuition payments
  • FUTURE – on-line payment processes
  • DMH merchandise, gift certificates, etc. in an easy access on-line store.

Speaking of growth, we are indeed growing. One aspect of growth is keeping up with it in order to continue providing the same level of service and satisfaction. Our growth is reaching the level where we need to be aware of how to insure we are providing the BEST EXPERIENCE to ALL of our DMH student families.

Opened on Oct. 10, 2010DMH Student Grown 2010-2015

Started with 30 students

Now over 200 students

Started with 4 teachers

Now – 17 teachers

Our Monthly Student Showcases, for example, have been extremely successful, to the degree that we are overcrowding our space. We now need to limit the amount of people for the comfort and safety of everyone, so the students performing will invite two family members to watch their performance. We also need to insure performing students have seats to enjoy the showcase as well.

Other family and friends can watch their students perform as we will be streaming showcases LIVE, on the internet using Ustream. To view a showcase, anyone can simply go to www.davidsmusichouse.com and click the U icon, in the top, right corner of the HOME PAGE and they will be taken to the LIVE performance.  The performance will later be available on our DMH YouTube Channel, which is also accessed from the YouTube icon on our website.

I love looking for ways to use technology and creativity to insure David’s Music House always provides “A Total Music Experience”.

Thank you to each and every one of you for your continuing support and love!

PS – Don’t forget to check out our Ustream Channel LIVE broadcast of this month’s Student Showcase.

Peace & Love,

David

Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Not For All…

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david on stageIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s the song title that describes this time of the year for so many of us. There are however many who are effected quite oppositely, with depression and sadness from losing a loved one or perhaps living in poverty and hunger and lack of the basic necessities of life. The holidays and the fact that it’s the end of the year just lends us to feel like everything, good or bad, is much bigger and more significant.

I’ll tell you a little secret….David’s Music House was created to be a safe haven…a fortress of solitude for the soul. We all know that “music soothes the savage beast” and about all of the benefits music brings to the mind and the soul. Well, our Big Living Room was created to provide the community a place to get away from it all. No, we’e not a resort in the Caribbean….but we can provide you with a break from the sometime insane world outside…with some warm beverages and perhaps a satisfying snack or two…all while soaking you in the wonderful world of Music! Music from the sweet voice of a small child singing a Christmas carol in a lesson room to the strum of a guitar or pull of a bow across the strings of a violin. In the distant, you can hear the beginnings of a young learning musician. I often see the face of a young child smiling from ear to ear, just so excited to see their music teacher’s face welcome them with a “So…you ready to rock n roll?”, to which the response is a HUGE “YESSSS” and followed by a run to the lesson room. There is just nothing quite like seeing a young, eager musician who can’t wait to come into David’s Music House and meet with their teacher. We even have a Music Therapy program for anyone dealing with more serious issues of depression and anxiety or diagnosed issues of all ages. Our Music Therapist is licensed and trained to use The Power of Music to help anyone dealing with these more serious issues.

I have found the MOST AMAZING business model EVER….knowing that this “special place” is indeed…changing our world…every single day! While most business ideas are about a business plan, financials, budgeting, cash flow, profit margins…and on and on…. I receive treasures of the heart…in every single note played or sung… from the instruction of a gifted teacher, into a child’s hand and voice, through a glorious music instrument’s vibrations….into the air and out into our world…and finally falling onto the ears and heart and soul of all of us.

That, my friends…is AMAZING STUFF!

I always knew that someday, my yearning to change the world, one person at a time, would take some form and shape. Now, I’m seeing that blossom into reality!

December is about Christmas, helping others, making people smile, giving and receiving, music and laughter….and HOPE and FAITH that this world will spend one time of each year, making this life worth living.

Come, be a part of our journey and help change the world…one note and one person at a time.

All of us at David’s Music House wish each of you the Merriest Christmas and Happiest Holiday Season and hope that we all take the time to do some small acts of kindness during this time of year to spread Peace, Love and Joy.

Peace and Love,

David

What’s Happening at the House

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There’s always lots going on at David’s Music House. We have more New Teachers, Summer Camps still going on, our monthly Student Showcase Performance (2nd Wednesday of each month) and a great Kick Off for September with Guitar Virtuoso Ian Ethan Case coming back to perform LIVE on the DMH Coffee House Stage.

What makes David’s Music House your BEST choice for music education? Simply put we are “A Total Music Experience”

As a parent myself, I drove my daughters to music lessons, parked in driveways, sat in basements on old couches with the house cat jumping on me, or I drove around for 20 minutes, until it was time for the lesson to be over. That’s why the main thing I wanted to do when I created a music school, was to create a large space for parents to wait, read, listen to music, use free WiFi or have some coffee, tea or a small snack. We hear so much from parents, “I just LOVE coming here during a lesson…just to relax or read.” I also remember all those tiny lesson rooms where my daughter’s knees were almost touching the teachers. I thought this must have been a closet to hang coats at one time!” That’s why I made sure our lesson rooms are very large and can easily allow a parent to sit in and be a part of the lesson, so they know what the teacher is teaching and how they can help support that learning process.

2015 Summer Camps

Our Summer Woodwind Camp was a wonderful success…lots of learning, tips, recording studio exposure and capped off with a LIVE performance on the Public Radio Saturday Light Brigade Program.

SLB Sax Ensemble

Our 2015 Woodwind Camp students are: Luke Will (11, McMurray Elementary, Alto Saxophone), Brenden Stillwell (13, Canonsburg Middle School, Alto Saxophone), Nicole Esselstyn (13, Peters Township Middle School, Soprano Saxophone) and Matt Liberatore (13, Canon-MacMillan High School, Piano).

There are still more camps to go. Next is our Broadway Camp. Our camps are 3 hours for 5 successive days (Mon – Fri) usually from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. All campers get a free snack and one of our DMH T Shirts. Call 724-941-9200 or email dmh@davidsmusichouse.com for all the details.

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Woodwind Camp

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Woodwind Camp

We are so very excited to welcome two New Music Mentors to the DMH Family: (click on their pictures for BIO) Jonathan Klein and Javier Camacho.

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Jonathan Klein will be teaching Drums, Percussion and Beginning Guitar.

Javier Camacho

Javier Camacho will be teaching Beginning to Advanced Piano

September 2, 2015 LIVE Performance – Ian Ethan Case + DMH Student Showcase

I know it’s still Summer but start planning to make it to this LIVE Performance of one of the most amazing guitarists in the country… and also one of the nicest persons I know. Ian Ethan Case plays double neck guitar and loops his performance, LIVE and continues weaving more amazing and intricate parts with all his other guitars and percussion instruments he has with him. It is truly an amazing live performance…not to be missed.

We will be having some of our guitar students perform a student showcase during Ian’s performance and they will get to meet, talk and learn all about the amazing things Ian has done in the music world! This is LIVE INSPIRATION and nothing put a learning student more on the path to success than that!

As always…thank you all for your amazing support and for spreading the word about David’s Music House.

Peace & Love,

David

Why Do We Play Music?

Quite a long while ago

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david on stageWhy do we play music? We love when we can learn to play or sing and be good at this power of music we are all drawn to. Even people who don’t seem to be particularly into music, don’t buy music or go to see performances, are still drawn to its power in movies, television or even just shopping. Many people want so badly to make music and then when they discover the attention they receive when they are known as music makers, they love becoming aware of their own value.

Often musicians develop an ego of accomplishment if they are especially good at their craft. Many want to be the center of the attention and in the limelight, even when they perform with a group of musicians. This is usually due to immaturity and youth. Even the very talented performer will hear and thus feel the power of the group performance when it comes together. However, many take a long time, if ever, to realize that they are only part of this power.

We play music for what is does to the listener. The listener can be unknown to the music maker. The listener can be any life form, anywhere. Music, in many forms, from rhythm to frequencies and melodic tones has been a form of communication and known as such for a long time, but we know now that it possesses a power to the emotional and physical state of living things. Music can heighten the emotions of anger or sadness or provide great relief of stress and even healing. Music can enhance the well being of life.

The point of all of this is that when we learn to play music, LISTENING is the reason for the playing. Listening is what draws us to music in the first place. It’s why we want to play it. Whatever end result we may want to achieve, whether it be to be the best player or singer, LISTENING becomes the end requirement.

This is WHY we must learn to keep our focus on how we play music. It’s for that life form who the notes and frequencies eventually reach, that the performer may never be aware of. We all want to be accepted and acknowledged for something while we exist as part of the “stuff of the universe”. We are all connected by many things and music is one force that connects us.

This is why I have always brought the message that David’s Music House was created to help everyone find the WHY they are learning about music. It is important that we learn early in the process, and we keep our eyes and ears on WHY we are actually doing this wonderful thing! All of us at David’s Music House are here to insure that DMH students stay on a path of “Inspiration and Exploration of The Power of Music”

How Do You Spell “Inspiration”?

Quite a long while ago

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During February, we held our first Teachers Concert where our teachers performed on the DMH coffee house stage for their students. The results of the event were more than anyone could have imagined! The theme was “INSPIRATION” and each teacher spoke of what inspired them and made music their passion and career. The stories were varied, but most had a common theme of “family”. Someone, whether it be a father, mother or uncles and aunts, were the sources of their inspiration and supporters of their talents. That is THE KEY to getting your child to succeed. Yes, that first action of getting them started taking music lessons is important, but then it is supporting their development over the years. Some of the BEST ways of doing this is to take them to a variety of LIVE music events. Seeing LIVE performances will do more to encourage them to practice and grow as students. THIS is why David’s Music House was created…to offer an environment of consistent “INSPIRATION”. I say it often in my articles, but the LIVE music performances at DMH will help your student more than you can imagine. David’s Music House is the only place in the area where you can bring the whole family to amazing performances of independent recording, touring and local musicians and be sure you will not hear or see anything you wouldn’t want your family to be exposed to. DMH Concerts are also the only “interactive concerts”, where the audience can ask the artists questions, meet and have conversations with them. I ask performers to “Inspire” our students and tell them how they do what they do and what inspires them. Below is an example how artists talk about what they do with our audiences.

The Hillary Reynolds Band

My “Inspiration” and source of the creation of David’s Music House – David A. Lindberg

To speak of my personal source of “Inspiration”, in addition to The Beatles who changed music for my generation, I have to talk about my father, “Big Dave”. My Dad was the person who put me on a path of music and lived his life of loving music through me. When my Dad was young, he played guitar. The family stories were of him singing songs around the campfire. His father, my Grandfather, also David, played piano by ear. He also never took lessons but the stories are that in his youth, he played honky-tonk piano style. This is definitely where my love and gift of music all came from along with my ability to play and sing by ear, which means I can listen to songs, find the chords and melody on the piano keys and learn the song. The picture is of me playing my very first professional gig, at a local restaurant. I did not sing, but played the organ for 6 hours on Friday & Saturday nights and my Dad was right there every night. He was my manager and biggest fan. David’s Music House would not exist today if it were not for my Dad. I feel his presence at DMH constantly. I know he has been helping and guiding me all the way through this venture of my lifetime. My Dad was the parent who signed loan notes for other band members. He bought a van for us to haul our equipment around in. He found us jobs and was there with us wherever we played. He drove us and our equipment to Seven Springs ski resort in the early 1970’s and talked the bar manger to allow us to play during their house band’s breaks. We did and ended up playing there for decades afterward. I began taking organ lessons when I was 11 years old and eventually took classical pipe organ lessons for a few years. In the meantime, The Beatles happened and I as many of the Baby Boomer Generation became in grossed in The Beatles and Rock. Then Woodstock happened. (Google it, if you don’t know what it is). I found some other guys my age who had already formed a rock band and joined them. I have played many genres of music throughout the last 45+ years that I have been playing professionally, but most of my performing was playing Motown, Rhythm & Blues and Pop songs. I love ballads with a great melody and lyrics the most. In my beginning years of playing with the first band, I discovered that I could sing. Vocals became what I did best.

It is my passion to develop and insure that anyone who loves music and wants to play or sing it, find his or her path of inspiration. Music has provided lifelong gifts to me and I want to insure that anyone who has that same desire can be helped and mentored along that same path, as far as they wish to go.

What “INSPIRES” you about music? Please add your comments to this article. Let’s see if we can get a conversation going about Inspiration.

Thank YOU ALL for your support and LOVE for David’s Music House where “The Lesson Room is only the FIRST STEP”

David

Little Things Matter, Teachers Concert & “Love R Cafe Month”

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Our very good friend, gifted musician, songwriter and master of performance, Andrew McNight has an original song from his album, “Beyond Borders”, titled “Good Things Matter“. Andrew talks about how his grandmother had all these stories and bits of wisdom that he remembers and treasures. She taught him that little things matter a great deal more than you think. (watch video below)

Through the vast sea of Internet social media information that we all are engulfed within our daily lives, we see a great many negative messages that seem to get a good deal of attention paid to, but there are a lot of people who realize and use the Internet to spread positive and good things that matter. We hear of movements such as 26actsofkindness, a page on Facebook that was started to suggest doing one kinds act, no matter how small and post it on the page in tribute to the 26 innocent souls who lost their lives in Newtown.

Little things DO indeed matter. We hear of things during the holidays where someone anonymously paid off families gift lay away items, or someone suddenly pays for the strangers coffee behind them. These acts of kindness and thoughtfulness are ripples in the pond that go on and on and pass on kindness far beyond the originators action.

All of us at David’s Music House are here for a much larger purpose than making a small business succeed, giving some lessons, recording sessions and seeing how much money we can make. I did not decide on the unique concept of David’s Music House merely to start a small business. If I wanted to do that, I would have most likely built a recording studio, which is what I love doing. No, David’s Music House has a much BIGGER purpose. C. J. Young,  our percussion, guitar and keyboard Music Mentor said it perfectly during our December student concert when he said the words, “changing children’s lives”! That is indeed why David’s Music House was created. Our prime directive that we repeat over and over at DMH is “the lesson room is only the first step”. No music teacher joins our DMH Special team of Music Mentors until they can prove that they have an open mind and can accept this principal that the entire space of David’s Music House is for teaching and mentoring. A teacher must be able to accept and passionately illustrate that they will do more than give a music lesson inside a lesson room.

I have said repeatedly to every teacher at DMH, I will not tell you how to teach, but I WILL tell you how to mentor and devote music development the DMH Way! As a parent or a student, when you join our DMH Family and pay your hard earned money for a service from anyone at David’s Music House, you can be assured that each of us will do EVERYTHING WE CAN to teach, develop, encourage creativity and exploration and inspire you to go as far as you can or want to in music! Often, our Music Mentors will collaborate with other teachers if they feel a student will benefit from mentoring of another teacher. If we notice a lack of practice or interest, we will FIND A WAY to motivate and reactivate that passion in a student.

We highly encourage students and parents to talk to your teacher or any of us if you see any lack or dwindling of interest of their learning or practicing. Please let me or any of us know if you have concerns or questions about anything. We would rather you talk to us and give us feedback so we can do something to help reignite the interest that a student started out with. We are here to insure that beginning interest and yearning for music doesn’t get lost. We love music passionately and realize the special gift music gives to every human.

As the creator of the idea and reason for David’s Music House, I firstly, encourage all of you to give us your feedback, talk to your teacher about any issue or question. I strongly encourage you to come to an occasional concert or Unplugged Night even if only to expose your student to others who play music but also to set an example to your child to appreciate and learn about music by listening to other LIVE performances.

I leave you with one extra plea for expressing your appreciation for the VALUE of David’s Music House of being THE ONLY place of music learning where you feel welcome, comfortable in our soft comfortable couches and chairs, where you can get to easily for its central location, ample plaza free parking, immaculately clean rest rooms, free WiFi, games to play and that is to make your visit more pleasant by purchasing a warm delicious cup of coffee, tea, capacinos, latte or other beverage and some snacks or pasties. I’m sure many of you enjoy going to a local Starbucks or Panera Bread for a great cup of coffee or tea. Help support what we are doing by celebrating February during our Love R Cafe Month!”

When I say “Little things Matter”if every parent of the many students who come to David’s Music House would purchase one item or spend $1 dollar at our wonderful cafe, it would make such a huge difference in helping us insure that David’s Music House survives these difficult economic times and continues our mission of “Changing Children’s Lives Through Music”. 

Thank each of you for your kind and helpful support of David’s Music House. You each give me the reason and strength to do all that I can to keep this dream alive!

Love to you all!

David