Musicians Without Arrogance – Do They Exist? ( #repost )

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david on stageYes…..they do exist. I have indeed crossed paths with brilliant musicians who are LISTENERS, HELPERS and HUMBLE! Granted, they are few and far between, but they are out there. I admit that performing music for an audience can provide approval and praise that often can led to an heightened sense of ego, but pride and confidence should not be confused with arrogance.

One of my passions and missions of David’s Music House is that I stress to our Teachers/Music Mentors to do more than instruct students how to just play an instrument. There is so much more involved in the teaching of how to be a true musician that is often neglected in music education. These days, with so much promotion of learning music and performance through technology, this personal and inspirational mentoring is being lost. Music in its best form, can only be fully learned with face-to-face, personal human interaction.

Our mission at David’s Music House is to Teach, Mentor and Inspire. The first thing you have to do to insure growth in learning is inspire the student to continue learning, beyond the beginning curiosity. They need to come back and WANT to learn. That’s where the FACE-TO-FACE INSPIRATION comes in. Without that, you’re only selling shoes.

The next aspect of learning music is that during the earliest stages of lessons, music students need to learn how to perform in front of others. Unless someone is purely planning to play an instrument in a closet, by themselves, they need to be taught to realize that there are people listening. That’s why DMH teachers have access to our coffee house stage, to bring the student out of the lesson room and play what they just learned.

The next and extremely important part of being a musician is learning HOW TO LISTEN! I can not tell you how many musicians I have known who find it impossible to LISTEN to the other musicians they are performing with. This disability has grown progressively worse as more and more young musicians are migrating to performing in their bedrooms and basements to the YouTube world. The Internet is leading youth to become more siloed and disconnected from inter-personal connection with others. While YouTube and open mic nights are great tools for learning and getting feedback on your performance, they also tend to create a path that is disconnected from playing with other musicians.

David’s Music House Music Mentors teach our students that by listening to what another person is playing along with you, you will be able to do such things as play softer to allow the soloist to be heard above the rest, insure that you are keeping your timing equal to the other performers and most importantly, understanding how BEAUTIFUL the complete collection of performers sounds as each part compliments the whole sound that is heard by everyone! This is a concept that is taught in orchestras and bands because each person’s single part only sounds good when performed with the other parts.

These are the reasons we say “The Lesson Room Is Only The FIRST Step”. It has always been a personal passion of mine to insure that anyone learning music at David’s Music House, is not only instructed, but INSPIRED by their teachers, to be not only great musicians, but HUMBLE LISTENERS.

I personally will insure that all of our teachers work hard to follow these passions and principles and your feedback is very important to me, to insure that our students are the highest priority of everyone at DMH. Send me your comments or any questions you may have to david@davidsmusichouse.com

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Thank you again for your continued support of David’s Music House.

David

There is a place where Music Education with Inspiration Works!

Over two years ago

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david on stageAn Evening of Proof – There is a place where Music Education with Inspiration Works!

As many of you know from my past articles over the last 4 years, I have been constantly talking about WHY I created David’s Music House. I have been passionately trying everything I can to promote my idea that students need more than instruction and even more than hoping that they find that special teacher who goes beyond what other do to instill the LOVE of music into a student. There is more that we can all do.

I was able to see this come together one amazing evening on Saturday, August 16, 2014 during the Hillary Reynolds Band Concert. I have been planning this evening in my mind for a long time! In actuality, the specific planning occurred for at least 3 or 4 months when the band contacted me to say they would love to perform sometime in August during their fall tour. HRB has been one of the BEST and most favorite group of musicians I have had perform at DMH. They are not only amazing musicians and songwriters but are wonderfully caring people who have become great friends. They are also one of our greatest supporters of performing to Inspire students. My mind started to work….I needed to make this event fulfill my dream of getting our students and their families to come to the concert. I have had many concerts over the last 3 + years and have found it challenging to get my message of how important and priceless it is to have learning, developing students see and meet actual professional touring musicians. It is my opinion that this is KEY to a student wanting to make playing music a part of their lives. Even attending area concert halls and arenas, although wonderful to see, does not offer the intimacy of our “Big Living Room” Coffee House setting. With only seating for 50, it provides the perfect Family Friendly setting for students of all ages to watch up close these amazingly talented professional musicians.

Over the last 3 months, previous to this concert, I have been strongly promoting the event through social media and area print. I have been relentless in reminding my teachers how important it is to not merely mention this event to their students but to get them involved in how amazing the performance will be and how much they would love becoming fans of The Hillary Reynolds Band. I have also decreased the amount of concerts I have in order to make the ones I do book, more SPECIAL and anticipated.

I learned that this extra effort and more concentrated focus on bringing the DMH Mission and the concert importance together ACTUALLY WORKS!!! I can not emphasize how much this event is now one of the most amazing moments of realizing my dream this far! On this particular evening, I not only got to see and hear a band that is my ideal type of band and music I personally would love to be in, but I also saw multiple DMH students with that “look of complete awe” on their faces as they were mesmerized by the performance.

Hillary Reynolds Band Concert

Hillary Reynolds Band Concert

 

HRB Student Showcase HRB 2 HRB 3

We also included a “Student Showcase” of 3 of our amazing young vocalist students. Olivia, Alexis and Madhumita performed during an intermission of the concert. Their performance and the experience they gained doing this was beyond valuable. It was something they will likely never forget. The students and their families became strong fans of HRB and many students bought as much merchandise as they could talk their parents into buying for them. They talked with Hillary Reynolds, who is now their true American Idol.

Another very important thing students learn from seeing a concert like this is how great musicians perform with each other, as a band. They see how microphones are used, how to engage an audience, how much practice it takes to play perfectly and one of my important principles of “how to listen to what every other member of the band is playing”. HRB was a perfect example of how to do this. Each band member is not trying to be the star of the show. So many music teachers in private lessons forget to stress the importance of LISTENING. There are so many “want-to-be-musicians” out there picking up guitars and playing cover songs in their bedrooms to their smartphone cameras who are playing by themselves and only thinking of themselves performing. Sooner or later they will begin playing in a band and if they have never been taught the importance of LISTENING to the others, they will continue to please only themselves and never go very far as musicians. This learning disability of playing like they’re the only “important” person on the stage usually continues as a bad habit forever. This is why this is such an important part of the early learning process. I stress this to all my teachers all the time….”don’t forget to train students how to play with others through listening”.

Thanks again to each member of The Hillary Reynolds Band, the Student Showcase students and the DMH Families and friends who came to this event and gave me proof that my journey is true and purposeful! A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Heidi Adomshick for all her hard work of preparation and insuring that the Student Showcase as well as the entire evening was a success!!!
“I have a dream….but I can’t do it alone”!

Yes….There is a place where Music Education with Inspiration Works…..and it’s name is David’s Music House!

Cheers,

David

More Students = More Teachers

Over two years ago

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Believe it or not, even though we actually have about two months of warm weather coming, Summer seems to be flying by! It’s August and advertisements are already talking people into looking for back to school deals. Back to school also means an increase of families planning their schedules and looking for the best place for music education….and “All signs point to David’s Music House!” We are already seeing a HUGE increase of free consultations for our Fall semester. To prepare for this, we are hiring new teachers to join our DMH Team of Music Mentors.

Kelsey Backstrom – Woodwinds & Beginning Piano Teacher

Woodwinds, Brass, Beginning Piano Teacher

Emily Cook – Woodwinds, Brass, Beginning Piano Teacher

Check out our Music Lessons webpage for all of our teacher Bios. We have an extensive screening process and detailed orientation that all of our teachers go through to not only ensure you are being taught by degreed and talented teachers but also that DMH Teachers do things the DMH WAY! Our teachers work together as a team to ensure that you are getting the “Total Music Experience”, which is a philosophy of “the lesson room is only the beginning” and that there is so much more to teaching than instructing someone how to do something. We all work to provide the reason WHY a student learns and needs to understand the value of the Power of Music.

Our team of teachers are always coming up with creative programs, workshops and methods for The Total Music Experience, like Chorus, Ensembles, Mandolin Group, and Recording Workshops and Lessons. At DMH, teachers are not left alone to come and go, merely giving instructions on how to play an instrument. At David’s Music House, teachers are free to think “out of the box” and come up with innovative methods and processes to INSPIRE students to discover how far the Power of Music can take you.

We have a HUGE CONCERT this month. Coming back to DMH is the Hillary Reynolds Band on August 16. Hillary Reynolds BandCheck our Event Calendar for more details. These concerts provide great entertainment for the community but our main reason is to have our music students come and hear, meet and talk to the performers. They can ask things like, “What’s it like to tour and play your own music?” This is the KEY to discovering WHY they need to practice more and learn how to perform with other musicians.


We will continue bringing occasional music events to our Coffee House and seek out unique teachers who can learn that “The music lesson is only the beginning.”

Thanks for choosing us, supporting us and spreading the good works we are doing here at David’s Music House.

Cheers,

David

“Angels Are Watching Over Me…..”

Quite a long while ago

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“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……”

A Special Season of Thanks & Celebration of Blessings

Quite a long while ago

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Fall can be looked at in two ways…as nature closes down and prepares itself for the long, cold winter…. or as a beginning of gathering times when we all congregate together over warm beverages, sweet pumpkin flavors and sharing of times and friendships in comfy chairs and listen to some amazing music. This is a great time to move away from the hot and crazy summer hectic lives and relieve our stress with the sound of music! All of us at ‘da House are set to give thanks to all of our students and their families, as well as the community of musicians and music lovers who have been making David’s Music House their second home. We have some great music events lined up to celebrate and give our thanks to all of you.

On November 10th, David’s Music House is just the place to come as we bring a celebration of Classic Country songs from legends like Hank Williams Sr, Johnny Cash, Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens and many others. Rock and roll has their “oldies” groups, those keeping the music of the 50′s and 60′s alive. Now, the local country scene has Black Horse to accomplish the same.

Also, this November 17th, David’s Music House brings a South Hills favorite entertainer and close friend, Bradley Bendis. Brad has been a firm supporter and promoter of David’s Music House since we began in October of 2010. Brad will be singing some of his favorite folk and country legends and will also be playing with his band, These Old Bones, who will each perform individually as well. This will be a great evening of music to be sure.

To round out our musical events, we bring back a Special performance from Alayna performing with John Michael (Johnny Bee from the John Michael Band) on Thanksgiving Eve, November 21st. This will be an evening of fun, food, music, laughter, conversation, and thanks. This concert will also be an interactive workshop as Alayna will be talking about how she is pursuing her musical dreams and there will be a question & answer time so students, get your questions ready.

SPOILER ALERT: David’s Music House Teachers are gearing up their students for a “Hollywood Holiday Concert” which is scheduled to be on December 20th, so be sure to mark your calendars for that.

Once again, all of us at David’s Music House wish all the blessings, good health and prosperity possible to all our “Special DMH Family and Community” and hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday with loved ones and friends!

David

10.11.12 – “A Total Music Experience – The Future of Music Education”

Quite a long while ago

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We celebrated our Second Anniversary yesterday on October 10, 2012 with some great friends. Today, we begin (or continue) our journey with the first day of our 3rd year of business. Quite coincidentally, (or is it?) this first day’s date is 10.11.12. Perhaps this is a sign, much as “Get ready, get set, one, two, three…. GO!!!” 🙂 Maybe this is a bit overkill on looking for signs, but there have been many along this journey.

When I was putting my dream and business plan into action of finding the space to rent and begin construction, the entire process was full of difficulties and possible obstructions, but I surged on to picking a date for a Grand Opening, which was October 10, 2010 – 10.10.10 – “a sign”! This also happened to be the only non-Steeler game Sunday in the Fall of 2010 and since I wanted to use the plaza parking lot for the grand opening for a large stage for live music and Sunday was the only day permitted by the plaza for such events… these were just too many “signs” to ignore!

As I said, there have been many more “special moments” that made continuing this journey possible…moments that were actual miracles in of themselves! So why wouldn’t I choose to think of 10.11.12 as one more “sign” that David’s Music House is supposed to be?

Along the lines of ideas that come to our minds from who knows where…. I had a thought expressed to me that David’s Music House is actually “The Future of Music Education”! This is what I have thought of since the seed of what I wanted to do began to grow. I wanted to create something that I felt was missing from music learning. I experience this first hand as my own two daughters, who were far more gifted than I with music abilities, but for whatever reasons, did not continue developing their gift. Here I was a long time, professional musician, who was in awe of his children’s music talents and could not find a way to get them to continue! This is something we all have heard from so many adults, “I used to play an instrument, but stopped when I was young. Oh, how I wished I had continued”! I strongly feel what is missing is “INSPIRATION”. Most musicians can tell you about a moment or a person who made them “know” they wanted to be a musician. I can vividly remember my moment, and it was years before I actually started taking lessons, but never the less, I remember a person who, quite by chance, I happened to see play a Hammond B3 organ, and who amazed me as if he were a magician rather than a musician! His hands moved over the keyboard in a blur that I thought, at the age of 13, was pure magic! The Hammond B3 was the main instrument that I eventually played as a professional musician for over many years!

These moments of inspiration are priceless and not to be missed. That is what David’s Music House offers that no other music education business does….to be inspired, mentored, excited, and soaked in all things music! David’s Music House teachers are not just teachers of music… they are mentors, who are here for anyone who wants, desires and needs some type of help, connection or just somewhere to come and share their love of music. Music is a power in this universe that mankind has known, used, loved and communicated with since our beginnings. Scientists and educators have been telling us about the power of music to the human mind in overall goodness. Music develops both the conscious and unconscious of our minds. It helps children develop and excel in all areas of learning and development. Music also has great power of promoting wellness, healing and touching our deepest emotions. This is what I most cherish about music – its effect on our human emotions, often when we don’t even realize it.

I created a business in a field that I have always loved and to enable myself to continue working as long as I wanted, but the product that was created was something much larger –  that is indeed missing and greatly needed…. “A Total Music Experience – The Future of Music Education”. It is my fondest dream to see that this endures and continues to help, teach, develop and inspire all who come.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
― Victor Hugo

Thanks for your support and love! “Ready….Set….10.11.12……………GO!”

David