December 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, everythingÂ 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 weÂ 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 pastÂ yearâ€¦.what worked, what didnâ€™t and how can things be better. One of the most obvious things I continue to discover as I get olderâ€¦is that I have so much yet to learnâ€¦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 ofÂ â€śrecitalsâ€ťÂ as both a student and a parent and how I wanted Davidâ€™s Music House to do this better.Â Occasional studentÂ â€śrecitalsâ€ť 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 theÂ 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 aÂ parent of a student, I have NEVER thought of this as real performance learning!
Soâ€¦.for 2015, we will not have theseÂ 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, onÂ 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 manyÂ young musicians do not possess nor have they ever been taught.
There will also be more occasions to perform for audiencesÂ thoughtÂ the year, such as partake in Student Showcases during our Professional LIVE Concerts, whereÂ students will performÂ during an intermission of a touringÂ Independent artist. We will be holding other Special Performance Events which will be announced as they are scheduled.Â 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,Â 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? đź™‚
As I always have said,Â â€śWe 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.
Davidâ€™s Music House will ALWAYS change and find new ways to provideÂ â€śA 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 Davidâ€™s Music House. I can not thankÂ eachÂ of you enough for helping myself and everyone at DMH, for keeping us going and excited to bring more great musicians, music andÂ people in the world to discover and realize,Â â€śThe Power of Musicâ€ť in our lives.
I want to wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!
Love yens guys!!!
PS â€“ Please note the Review of our Music Lesson Policy in our December Newsletter.
Quite a long while agoÉ
The message of my article this month is perfectly aligned with an amazing concept from Simon Sinek, noted author and motivational speaker. There is a great video of by Mr. Sinek titled â€śHow Great Leaders Inspire Actionâ€ť on Ted TalksÂ (www.ted.com) about great leaders who follow a philosophy ofÂ â€śPeople donâ€™t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do itâ€ť. My article this month speaks about my discovery that this amazing principal is exactly the primary mission for my creation that is Davidâ€™s Music House. I would like to tell you all WHY I created Davidâ€™s Music House and tell you the VALUE of choosing to come here for your music education, above all other possible choices.
THE reason I created Davidâ€™s Music House was my underlying passion to do everything possible, in a music educational environment, to prevent a student from losing that passion that first ignited within to make him or her want to learn to play an instrument.Â (People don’t buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it.)Â I decided that my music school had to provide anyÂ tool or at least the ability for educators to feel free to create and utilize anyÂ meansÂ to re-ignite that spark when they see a sudden lack of practice or enthusiasm in their student.Â Â Additionally, I remembered that every musician I have ever known, experienced a single moment or person who totally put them on a path of becoming a musician. Therefore, I created a â€śLIVE music venue setting for the school, where learning students could watch and listen to amazing professional performers dazzle them, right before their eyes, in a close, comfortable setting in aÂ â€śliving room, coffee houseâ€ť.Â Â I can remember thinkingâ€¦Â this is a win-win solution!Â Â Iâ€™ll create a music school that looks and feels like anyoneâ€™s living room and add the community feeling of a coffee house setting.Â Â This would provide performers with the intimate environmentÂ they like to perform inÂ the most amazing music lesson waiting room ever created!
This most unique business idea, along with a perfect atmosphereÂ in a prosperous, growing communityÂ is what makes Davidâ€™s Music House perfect for growth.Â Â I have seen it occurring since I first opened the doors on 10/10/2010.Â Â I knew I had the perfect ingredients for business growth.Â Â The second part of seeing a long successful business is by providing the very best “customer experience” to insure loyalty in your customers so they keep coming back.
FINDING THE BEST TEACHERS:Â Â Davidâ€™s Music House has some of the finest musicians/instructors you will ever find!Â I pride myself in hiring not only teachers with extensive music backgrounds, but also in finding those who can and will embrace the DMH mission.Â â€śI will not have a single teacher within Davidâ€™s Music House who shows resistance to the purpose it was created for and each must not only verbally agree to the mission, but carry out itâ€™s purpose every single day, even when they are not physically within the business.Â Â Those who will be here to see the heights we can all reach, will be those who ‘walk the walk’ of not just teachingâ€¦ but making sure each and every student wants to come to Davidâ€™s Music House more than almost anything else they are involved inâ€ť.Â Â This can only be done if the teachers are providing the excitement and passion from within themselves, and lead by example.Â Â That is how you mentor and change lives…Â by setting examples ofÂ INSPIRATION, not simply providing instructions to someone and then sending them home, expecting them to come back next week.
The plan, as I tell all the current teachers, is that Davidâ€™s Music House is going to be larger than they can possibly imagine and following the path and methods I have laid before you, will not only make this happen faster, but it will insure your success, both monetarily and in completely fulfilling your passion for music when you see all your students succeed and become amazing musicians and performers.
So I say, to all who come to Davidâ€™s Music House and to all the future students out there… when you come to Davidâ€™s Music House, as long as it has that name, you will find it to be a refuge for you, to come and enjoy, discuss, plan, learn, listen, and performâ€¦all for theÂ LOVE AND POWER OF MUSIC!Â Â We are here to instruct you on how to play and instrument and to insure that the process keeps you loving the journey allÂ along the way.
We encourage all of our parents and students to tell usÂ ifÂ you think your student is becoming disinterested.Â Â We are not here only to teach.Â Â We are here to make sure you LOVE what you are learning and most importantly, WHY you are doing it.
“Thank you for finding and entrusting your musical journey to David’s Music House”? – David